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  • lbpolice 3:46 pm on October 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Battle Badges II, BOB2, , Fire and Rescue, LBFire, ,   

    Boxing – Battle of the Badges II @LBP_Police versus @LBFire for probably the last time 

    LBP in action against the mighty NYPDAfter the huge success of the Battle of the Badges in April when LBP defeated New York Police Department, it was decided to invite Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service to a similar event. They readily accepted and, due to the increased interest in this sport and indeed the event itself, it was necessary to carry out a ‘box-off’ on 21st September to discover who was to face the might of the Fire and Rescue Service. The ‘box-off’ was very well attended and our thanks go to those that supported that event.

    LBP vs Lothian Borders Fire and Rescue

    On Saturday 24th November 2012 the best fighters from Lothian and Borders Police and Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service will step into the ring for a black tie charity gala night of boxing at the Corn Exchange (New Market Road) Edinburgh, with doors opening from 6pm.

    Building on the massive success of the box-off, which saw eighteen of our best fighters compete for their place on this main event, in front of over 380 supporters and raising over £6000 for charity. The Battle of the Badges on the 24th November is all set to be a titanic battle of Red and Blue. Who will lift the shield and be named to champions of 2012?

  • lbpolice 8:31 am on August 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: CHAS, doddie weir, gary armstrong, gregor townsend, legends, rugby, scotland, scott hastings, sean lineen, steve cully   

    Steve Cully memorial rugby match Sunday September 16th in aid of #CHSS 

    Steve Cully Memoria Rugby matchOfficers from Lothian and Borders Police will line up against a team of Scottish rugby legends in a charity match being held in memory of former firearms officer Steve Cully, who died last year.

    The match will take place at Force Headquarters on Sunday, September 16th, and will see officers take on a team of ex-internationals including Scott Hastings, Doddie Weir, Sean Lineen, Gary Armstrong, and Gregor Townsend. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the charity Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.

    Steve joined the Force in 1994 and worked in a variety of roles before fulfilling his ambition to become a firearms officer. He passed away in September last year, due to a heart defect.

    Steve was brought up in Belfast and was a keen rugby player who played club rugby at Murrayfield RFC, Edinburgh Wanderers RFC, Murrayfield Wanderers, Stewarts Melville FP, Edinburgh Academicals and represented Ireland U 21’s, Irish Exiles and the British Police.

    He called time on his rugby career in 2005, but took up long-distance running, and in 2009 he was part of a team of Lothian and Borders officers who took part in the gruelling ‘Marathon des Sables’, a series of marathons taking place over a week in the Sahara Desert, raising thousands of pounds for charity.

    His love for rugby and charitable nature inspired his colleagues to organise next month’s match, which will be attended by his wife Rosie (39) and two children Josh (4) and Hannah (7).

    Sergeant Roddy Bainton is among the former friends and colleagues who have helped organise the event.

    He said: “Not only will spectators be given the unique opportunity to see legends from the game in action once again, but there will be a whole range of family-friendly events, including a balloon race, prize draw, bouncy castle, an inflatable assault course courtesy of the Army, and kids’ rugby coaching courtesy of Rugbytots, involving many of the former pros. The Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band will also be there to provide the soundtrack for the day.

    “I would encourage any rugby fans and their families to come along and join us for what is sure to be a great day, and help us raise money for a worthy cause.”

    The match takes place at 2pm on Sunday, September 16. Tickets cost £5 (under-16s free) and must be purchased in advance from

    First XV
    6/8 Haymarket Terrace

    Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland Head Office
    Rosebury House
    9 Haymarket Terrace

    Email: stevecullymemorial@hotmail.co.uk

  • lbpolice 2:41 pm on May 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: duns, jim clark, kelso, , , , ,   

    Public information Jim Clark #Rally,2012 #Duns June 1st to 3rd 

    The late Jim Clark On 1st June 2012 the annual Jim Clark Memorial Rally commences in the Scottish Borders area. The Rally is run exclusively on roads normally open to the public and is the only ‘closed road’ rally currently held on the British mainland. This year will be the 42nd Jim Clark Rally event.

    A ceremonial introduction of cars/drivers will take place in the Market Square, Duns from 6pm Friday 1st June 2012. The first stage will be setting off from the Market Square in Duns about 7pm,(start times are provisional and may vary). 


    A crowd of approximately 3000 attended last year and a similar number is expected by the Rally Organisers.

    The finish ramp for the Challenge (3pm), International (6pm), National (645pm ), Historic (655 pm) sections will also be in the Market Square, Duns on Saturday 2nd June 2012. The Parc Ferme servicing area for International and National sections and Rally Headquarters, will be within the grounds of Kelso Race Course.Vehicles will marshal in Berwickshire High School prior to being sent to both start and finish.

    The start and finish for the Reivers section on Sunday 3rd June will be at Market Square, Duns. The start is 9am and the last finish is anticipated to be 6.30pm. The award presentation will take place at 7pm. Competitors will be marshalled in the Station Road Industrial Estate prior to being sent to the finish.

    For more details of road closures and event information please visit the Rally Website

  • lbpolice 10:47 am on May 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , festival, marathon,   

    Edinburgh Marathon Festival 26th and 27th May 2012 road closures information #marathon 

    Edinburgh Marathon Logo

    The Edinburgh Marathon Festival takes place this weekend, and as a consequence there will be a number of road closures and parking restictions on the route which takes in areas of Edinburgh and East Lothian.

    The Edinburgh Marathon Festival includes the Edinburgh Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, 10km, 5km and 5km Wheelchair race, Mascot Race and Junior Races.

    More details at Edinburgh Marathon Website

    Saturdays races around Holyrood Park will have minimal road closures and parking restrictions.

    Road closures and parking restrictions Saturday

    Road closures and parking restrictions Sunday

    Remember, check the weather forecast and take approriate precautions.

    Good luck to all the runners.

  • lbpolice 4:25 pm on May 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , praise   

    Public praised following Scottish Cup Final weekend #LBPcup 


    Lothian and Borders Police have praised the public for ensuring the Scottish Cup Final between Heart of Midlothian FC and Hibernian FC and the victory parade was a huge success for the city of Edinburgh.

    Over 50,000 supporters attended the match at Hampden stadium, while thousands more watched the match at home or within licensed premises.

    On Sunday, approx 100,000 people around the city participated in the victory celebrations and watched the winning team travel from the City Chambers to Tynecastle Stadium in Gorgie.

    Lothian and Borders Police and their partner agencies carried out a major operation on match day and on the day of the parade to ensure public safety was maintained throughout and to facilitate an historic and family-friendly weekend for the capital.

    All organisations involved would now like to thank supporters of both clubs and members of the public alike for their responsible behaviour and good spirits over the past two days.

    Eight people were arrested in Edinburgh on Saturday for offences including alleged breaches of the peace and assault.

    However, police and partners have hailed the weekend as a major success with no significant incidents having occurred.

    Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, Divisional Commander for the City of Edinburgh said: “With Edinburgh’s two professional teams facing each other in a major cup final, worldwide attention focused on Edinburgh, Glasgow and the fans and organisations associated with the match.

    “I am delighted by the manner in which members of the public conducted themselves.

    “Both sets of fans were a credit to themselves and their clubs as they travelled to and from Glasgow and while they watched the match, either within the stadium, at home or in licensed premises.

    “Detailed planning between all partner agencies was carried out prior to this event to ensure the public were aware of all key issues including transport arrangements, local bylaws and planned activities for both clubs.

    “Significant police resources were in place to assist fans as they made their way to watch the match and to deal with any issues that arose. The feedback from officers across all forces has been extremely positive and the engagement between police and public appears to have been a key factor.

    “Lothian and Borders Police have a wealth of experience in facilitating large events within Edinburgh and worked closely with both clubs and the City of Edinburgh Council to agree two separate parade routes.

    “Once the result of yesterday’s match was decided, the parade plan for City Chambers to Tynecastle Stadium was implemented to allow fans the chance to safely view their team with the Scottish Cup and enjoy the celebrations put on by the club.

    “We would like to thank our local communities for all their assistance, support and co-operation throughout this momentous weekend.”

  • lbpolice 5:48 pm on May 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Scottish Cup Victory parade update #LBPcup 

    Scottish Cup Final 2012“With the result of the Scottish Cup Final decided, Lothian and Borders Police can now implement their policing plan for tomorrow’s victory parade.

    “The City of Edinburgh Council’s Event Planning and Operation Group devised the route following detailed engagement and discussion with all relevant organisations and we have continued to work alongside our various partners to address any issues that could potentially arise.

    “A large turnout is expected at the City Chambers from 2pm on Sunday as the open-top bus makes its way down to Tynecastle stadium and motorists are advised to plan journeys in advance and take heed of any road closures in operation during the parade.

    “Fans are also reminded to decide upon their desired vantage point for viewing the parade.

    “Those who intend on gathering at Tynecastle for the team returning should not attend other areas of the parade route as they will be unable to follow the bus as it makes its way down to Gorgie.

    “For full details of the victory parade or the activities planned by Heart of Midlothian FC, please consult the relevant websites:



    “A substantial police presence will continue to patrol Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish Borders this evening to ensure public safety is maintained at all times.

    “Any members of the public planning to visit the various licensed premises across the Force area are urged to drink responsibly and not allow alcohol to ruin what has been an historic match and a day of great pride for the city of Edinburgh.”

    Chief Superintendent Gill Imery

    Divisional Commander for the City of Edinburgh

  • lbpolice 3:12 pm on May 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Cup Final Day as it happens #lbpcup 

    Scottish Cup Final 2012Lothian and Borders Police is delighted to follow both sets of fans to Hampden for the Scottish Cup Final.

    Throughout the day we will be providing up to date information through our website and social media channels. On this Blog we will providing a pictorial record of this historical  ‘Salt & Sauce’ match, last played in 1896 in Logie Green.

    We have members of Lothian and Borders Police supporting thier respective teams and they will be uploading pictures from departure early in the morning until the cup returns to the city.

  • lbpolice 10:16 am on May 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , strathclyde   

    #lbpcup Message from Strathclyde Police Cup Final Match Commander, Chief Superintendent Andy Bates 


    More than fifty thousand Hearts and Hibs fans will travel to Glasgow for the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday 19 May 2012.  For many supporters this will be a day to remember for many years to come and as such we extend a very warm welcome to the teams and supporters of both clubs.
    Match Commander, Chief Superintendent Andy Bates, said:

    “There’s no doubt Cup Final Day will be a memorable and exciting occasion and I would like to warmly welcome the teams and the fans to Glasgow. I’m sure the atmosphere at the national stadium will be electric, there’s nothing quite like a football final at Hampden and of course we want everyone to enjoy the game whatever the result. Passions will be running high as these two premier league teams compete to lift the Scottish Cup.
    “However, keeping people safe will still be the priority for Strathclyde Police.  Due to the large number of people travelling to the national stadium, our main consideration is to make sure everyone gets to and from the match, safely, on time and without incident.  We have been working closely with our counterparts to ensure the experience is a good one and one which will be treasured for many years to come.”


    Many fans may not be aware of the different laws in place in Glasgow – please read the important information below to ensure Cup Final Day is remembered for all the right reasons.

    • Drinking alcohol on the streets or in a public place in Glasgow is an offence. 
    • Drinking alcohol on public transport including buses and trains is not permitted. 
    • You cannot bring, or attempt to bring alcohol into the national stadium.
    • Don’t miss a memorable match because you have drunk too much and therefore don’t get into the stadium. 
    • It is illegal to attempt to enter the stadium in possession of a flare or a smoke bomb.
    • Officers will be on hand to offer help, if required. We are here to ensure the safety and security of all supporters attending the game and minimise disruption to the local community.

    I hope that this advice is useful and helps ensure all fans have a fantastic, unforgettable day.
    We are aware of the impact such events can have on local residents and we will have resources in place to minimise that disruption.

    Glasgow is a great city, able to host the biggest and most exciting events and this is no different.  As with any major event, public safety is a priority and additional patrols will help ensure the day is a great success and one which passes off without serious incident or inconvenience.

  • lbpolice 10:58 am on May 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , lothian buses, ,   

    Victory parade bus drivers, one to tell the Grandkids about #lbpcup 

    Shine Tom Varghese or Rod Matheson will drive the victory bus

    These lucky lads have been selected from the massed ranks of Hibs and Hearts drivers at Lothian Buses to drive the winning team on their victory parade, read the full article on STV website 

    See the routes the cup winners will parade  here


     Lothian Bus drivers Shine Tom Varghese and Rod Matheson (Photograph Courtesy Lothian Buses @on_lothianbuses)


    Hearts Tynecastle Stadium parade route  (PDF 75kb)

    Hibs Easter Road Stadium parade route  (PDF 96kb)


  • lbpolice 9:14 am on May 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: advice, , , train,   

    Two sleeps to go – Going by train to the Cup Final? Scotrail information #lbpcup 

    Edinburgh-Glasgow routes for the Scottish Cup Final between Hibs and Hearts.

    More than 50 trains – running on the Edinburgh to Glasgow Central via Shotts line as well as Edinburgh – Glasgow via Falkirk High and Bathgate respectively – will have additional carriages.

    There will also be numerous trains with extra carriages serving Mount Florida and Kings Park stations.

    A queuing system will be in operation at Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket stations, aimed at getting as many people onto trains in the quickest possible time, and supporters will be directed to the next available train (be it going to Glasgow Central or on the two routes to Glasgow Queen Street).

    There will also be separate queues at Glasgow Central for the onward journey to Hampden – with Hibs supporters travelling on trains to Kings Park and Hearts fans going to Mount Florida.

    Return travel is still to be confirmed, but the following arrangements are likely to be in place:

    • The winning team may be asked to travel via Airdrie/ Bathgate (entering Queen Street station via the Dundas Street entrance) The runner-up fans may be asked travel on trains via Falkirk High (entering Queen Street station via the George Square entrance and join the queuing system in place in the car park).

    Please check nearer the time for confirmation of details.

    An alcohol ban will be in place on:

    • all Edinburgh-Glasgow trains from 0900 to 1300
    • Glasgow Central trains to Mount Florida and Kings Park stations from noon to 1500
    • return services from 1700 to 2100
    • all Glasgow-Edinburgh services from 1700 to 2100.

    Customers should purchase their tickets in advance of travel to facilitate their journey and allow more time for travel as services will be busier than usual. Tickets can be obtained at staffed stations, ScotRail telesales on 08457 55 00 33 or from our website.

    Sample fares

    • Edinburgh to Mount Florida £14.50. It may be cheaper to purchase separate tickets from Edinburgh to Glasgow and Glasgow to Mount Florida. Tickets to Mount Florida can be used to/from Kings Park.
    • Glasgow to Mount Florida £2.00
    • Polmont to Mount Florida £12.50
    • Bathgate to Mount Florida £11.30
    • Livingston North to Mount Florida £12.70

    Families can take advantage of ScotRail’s Kids Go Free ticket where up to two children can travel for free with every adult.

    Please also remember to check your train times before travelling.

    ScotRail ask fans to be patient during this busy time and follow the instructions of customer service staff and the British Transport Police.

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