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  • lbpolice 4:25 pm on May 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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 2:17 pm on May 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Road to Hampden – The Salt and Sauce final in your pictures 

    A selection of our and your pictures showing the build up to the historic final.

    The front page of the Edinburgh Evening NewsNot too much doubt whot his young lady follows Hearts supporters in Glasgow

    The Queue for the buses at WheatfieldHibs family ready for the gameThe National Stadium at Hampden

  • 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
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    #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
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    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
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    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.

  • lbpolice 3:36 pm on May 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Hibernian Cup Final Coach Parking Map #lbpcup 

     Please note there is no parking allocated for private vehicles.

  • lbpolice 3:34 pm on May 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Hearts Cup Final Coach Parking Map #lbpcup 

    Drivers of double decker buses please be aware of LOW BRIDGE  height 13’ 9’’. See route info for diversion.

  • lbpolice 10:27 am on May 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Message from ACC Bill Skelly ahead of Saturday’s Cup Final #lbpcup 

    ACC at Press briefingOn Saturday 19th May 2012, Heart of Midlothian FC and Hibernian FC will compete for the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park, Glasgow.  This is the first time since 1896 that two Edinburgh teams have made it to the final and the day should be one of great pride for the capital city. 


    The Scottish Cup Final weekend will present some unique challenges for communities in and around Edinburgh and for Lothian and Borders Police.


    Large numbers of fans will travel to the national stadium in Glasgow for the game resulting in an influx in the numbers utilising the transport infrastructure, including the road and rail networks. 


    It is important that those using these networks over the weekend leave plenty time for their journey and are prepared for possible delays Our partners at City of Edinburgh Council and First Scotrail have already released details of the provisions and plans in place for facilitating travel to the West and back.


    I would strongly advise supporters to consult all the partner agency websites for updates relating to transport issues, policing messages and guidance from the respective football clubs.


    With such a busy weekend of sport due to be televised, Lothian and Borders Police fully anticipate the various licensed premises across Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish Borders to experience an increase in business. Many of those attending the Cup Final may also wish to drink before heading to the match, which they are free to do so either at home or at a pub or restaurant.


    However, it is important that people adopt a responsible attitude and ensure their behaviour does not place them or others at risk of harm. It is a momentous occasion for the city and we want everyone to enjoy the festival of sport.


    Lothian and Borders Police, Strathclyde Police and British Transport Police have worked closely with one another and with both Hearts and Hibs to prevent alcohol from ruining a special day for the capital.


    Fans travelling by rail and coach have already been made aware that drinking onboard is prohibited and officers from each force will carry out various policing activities to remove alcohol from anyone found in possession.


    Last weekend, police in Edinburgh’s city-centre carried out unannounced inspections at a number of pubs and clubs to ensure the terms of their licenses were being adhered to. Staff at these venues were offered crime prevention advice ahead of the cup final weekend and are urged to report any criminal behaviour immediately. Officers will provide a visible presence within these establishments across the weekend to offer reassurance and deal with any issues, which may arise.


    Sectarian behaviour within Scottish football is very topical at the moment and active steps are being taken by all police Forces and football clubs and governing bodies to address this issue. It is important that everyone can attend football matches and related events without fear of prejudice or discrimination.  The Scottish Cup final should be a time for celebration and the public are reminded that police in Scotland will use relevant legislation in response to those acting in an unacceptable manner.


    Regardless of the result, Sunday 20th May will be a day of celebration within the city and detailed planning has been ongoing between Lothian and Borders Police, City of Edinburgh Council and the football clubs in respect of a victory parade for the winning side.


    The event will be a time for friends and family to come together and savour the success of their team and our communities can rest assured that public safety is paramount during all planning discussions.


    The parade routes for the victorious team can already be found on the Lothian and Borders Police blog as well as on the respective club websites and fans are urged to consult these sites to determine their best position for seeing the trophy.


    Communication between the partner agencies and the public has been at the forefront of this operation and all organisations are keen to utilise their various platforms for reaching our communities.


    As well as operational updates on the police website – http://www.lbp.police.uk the Force will be providing an interactive service to the public via Twitter and our blog.

     Live matchday tweets with all relevant information can be received by following @LBP_Police and using the hashtag #LBPCup.

    On behalf of Lothian and Borders Police I would like to wish both sides the best of luck for Saturday and I sincerely hope that supporters and neutrals alike experience a safe and well-tempered cup final weekend.

    ACC Bill Skelly



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