Evangelical church reported to police over gatherings

Hope United in Motherwell has been broadcasting services during lockdown.

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A church in North Lanarkshire has been reported to police following claims it held coronavirus rule-breaking gatherings.

Hope United in Motherwell has been broadcasting services during lockdown including footage which apparently showed people gathering on stage.

Clare Adamson, SNP MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw, contacted Police Scotland about reports of congregations at the Orbiston Street Evangelical church.

She said: “People in Motherwell and Wishaw have made continued sacrifices in the face of this global health threat. Individuals of all faiths have had to endure their places of worship being restricted.  

“We are taking huge strides with the vaccine rollout and it is making a measurable difference to the tragic figures we have been seeing.

“I know that people are yearning for normality but we can’t risk jeopardising our progress. Any gatherings in breach of regulations could delay our exit from lockdown and a much-needed return to our daily routines.

“I have contacted Police Scotland about these reports so that they can investigate, establish the facts, and take any appropriate action.

“We are all trying to do our best in uniquely tough times. But we must not lose sight of the overall aim to get through this pandemic. So please, stay at home, protect the NHS, and save lives.”

Places of worship in level four areas were closed to the public in January until further notice.

Communal worship is scheduled to return on March 26, with a maximum of 50 people allowed to attend.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were aware of reports relating to potential gatherings at a church in the Motherwell area.

“Enquiries into the reports are ongoing and officers are engaging with representatives of the church.”

Hope United Church has been contacted for comment.