Security: Police presence at Glasgow Central has been increased. STV
There will be an increased police presence in Glasgow on Saturday ahead of the Scotland vs England World Cup qualifier. An increased police presence is expected at the game to support the large numbers of fans and armed police will also be on duty. Outer cordons will be in place around the stadium to ensure only ticket holders are in the area.
Bag and body searches will also be in place for those attending the game. The Scottish Football Association (SFA) has spoken with counterparts at the FA and Police Scotland and gates at the ground are expected to be open at 3pm to allow fans entry before the 5pm kick-off. A request has also been made to Uefa for a minute’s silence to be held before the start of the match in memory of the victims of the Manchester and London Bridge attacks. Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins of Police Scotland said: “Understandably, since the tragic events in London and Manchester, people are more aware of the current threat to the UK from terrorism. “There is no intelligence to suggest that Scotland or indeed this football match or any other event is a target but we have reviewed all forthcoming events to ensure our policing plans are robust.” Free buses are being laid on for fans from Glasgow city centre to the stadium before and after the match. Fans will be kept segregated on public transport with Scotland fans asked to use trains to Mount Florida station before and after the game. England supporters, meanwhile, will be asked to use King’s Park station. The SFA say supporters should expect to be searched at the outer cordons around the ground.
Additional bag searches will also be carried out at the turnstiles. A spokesman said: “Fans are reminded that the match is sold out and are therefore encouraged to arrive early to ensure that they are in their seats for kick-off.”
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Security was tight as people in Derby went to vote in the General Election2 – with the police presence at many polling stations stepped up in the wake of the Manchester and London terrorist atrocities. Janie Berry, city acting returning officer, said that she had worked with Derbyshire police3 in the past 72 hours revisiting previous security plans for the city . She said: “Uniformed police were very visible but there were no armed police on duty and nothing has happened to give rise to concerns about security.
“I am also satisfied that everything has been done to make Derby Arena, where the counts for Derby North,5 Derby South and Mid Derbyshire are taking place, as safe as it can be with 700 people due there tonight from 10pm.”
She said: “Some stations reported queues as the polling stations opened at 7am but there are usually people who want say they were one of the first to vote each time . We always have a higher turn-out for General Elections than local elections but it is too early to say whether more people have voted in this election than previously.”
She was also unable to predict when any of the results would be declared . Ms Berry said: “If I had a pound for every time somebody asks me that, I would be quite rich .
Derby has received a lot of media attention because it was a small marginal of 41 votes in 2015 (in Derby North) and so people want to know when to expect a result.
“But, if it is a close-run thing again, then there could be recounts like last time and I think it is only fair to allow candidates to ask for a recount if there is a reasonable chance it could make it more accurate.”
In previous years, the first results in Derby have come in around 3am but, in 2015, Derby North was only settled after three counts – plus the original count – at gone 8.30am on the Friday morning.
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Concert goers to Sunday’s Elton John concert will NOT be able to take large bags or hampers to the venue, it has been announced as organisers pump up security measures. Following last week’s terrorist attack atrocity in Manchester Arena, increased security will be in place at The 3aaa County Ground to ensure the estimated 15,000 crowd have the most enjoyable and safest experience. Gates open at 4pm but visitors have been urged to get to the venue much earlier so “extra checks” can be carried out.
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Marshall Arts, who are organising the concert, released a statement saying: “Effective immediately, there will be increased security in place for the Elton John Tour with extra bag and screening checks.
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“Large bags or hampers will not be allowed into the event . Please arrive early to speed up the process of entering the venue due to these extra checks. “The security personnel and other surveillance measures are in place to assist and ensure fans have the safest, most enjoyable concert experience.”
Visitors have also been reminded by Derbyshire County Cricket Club that any filming devices are not permitted at the concert this does not include mobile phones. However filming the concert on a mobile phone will not be allowed.
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