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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 10:22 am on May 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Cup Final bus and car routes – Heart of Midlothian FC 


    The drivers of all Hearts supporters’ coaches, irrespective of size and including minibuses, must adhere to the following police instructions.


    M8 Westbound: Exit the M8 at Junction 22 and join the M77. Leave the M77 at Junction 1 (Dumbreck Road), turn left onto Dumbreck Road and continue until the junction with Titwood Road. (LOW BRIDGE 13’ 9’’. High sided vehicles such as double deck buses – turn right, Haggs Road, turn left Shawmoss Road, turn right Titwood Road, rejoin route) continue Titwood Road. Turn right onto Minard Road continue onto Langside Avenue to the roundabout (Langside Monument). Take the 2nd exit continuing on Battlefield Road to the first traffic light junction and bear right remaining on Battlefield Road to the ‘T’ junction with Cathcart Road.  Turn left onto Cathcart Road towards Queens Drive, where your coach will be directed to park.

    M80 Southbound: Join M8 Westbound and continue as above.

    M8 Eastbound: Exit at Junction 24, Helen Street, turn left onto Helen Street, continue to the roundabout and turn right onto Edmiston Drive at the next roundabout turn right onto Broomloan Road, continue through the junction onto Dumbreck Road and continue as above.

    A77/M77 Northbound: Exit at Junction 1 (Dumbreck Road), turn right onto Dumbreck Road and continue as above.


    HEARTS supporters using private vehicles will have limited facilities to park within the Queens Park Recreation Ground, Queens Drive, Glasgow (on payment of a small fee).

    Follow the above coach routes as far as Titwood Road: Thereafter turn right onto Minard Road and onto Langside Avenue to the roundabout (monument), turn left onto Langside Road, turn left at traffic lights and continue on Langside Road, turn right onto Queens Drive where you will be directed to park in Queens Park Recreation Ground.


    Langside Road: Continue to Langside Monument. Take 3rd exit onto Langside Avenue. Continue west on Langside Avenue through the junction with Pollokshaws Road onto Minard Road. Continue on Minard Road and turn left onto Titwood Road and follow reverse of inward route towards M77/M8 as appropriate. On Titwood Road consider reverse diversion route for high sided vehicles via Shawmoss Road and Haggs Road.

    Queens Drive: Turn right onto Victoria Road, turn left onto Calder Street, and continue onto Nithsdale Drive. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Nithsdale Road.  Continue to the ‘T’ junction at Dumbreck Road; thereafter follow the respective road signs for the M77 or M8 as appropriate.

    Additional Information for Coach Operators/Conveners

    In order to assist Police Officers/Traffic Wardens at traffic junctions and other points, please display the enclosed ‘Coach Pass’ in a prominent but safe place on the coach windscreen.

    Operators/Conveners are reminded that it is an offence to carry/consume alcohol on coaches traveling to and from major sporting events. Strathclyde Police have indicated that ‘road checks’ will be in operation on the day.

    Strathclyde Police would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and pleasant day at the National Stadium.  We ask for your patience and co-operation by following the above routes, which may be subject to police control and have been specifically chosen with your safety in mind.

  • lbpolice 8:33 am on May 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Victory parade routes revealed for Scottish Cup winners 

    Hearts and Hibs club badges

    Hibs and Hearts have announced plans for their victory parade in Edinburgh should they win the Scottish Cup next weekend.

    The two teams will clash at a historic all Edinburgh Final at on 19th May, the first time they have met in the final since 1896,when the final was held at Logie Green, the home of St Bernard’s FC, who were the previous holders of the trophy.

    The winners will then parade the cup in an open-top bus through the city the following day.

    For both teams the victory parade will start at 2pm on Sunday 20 May , outside the City Chambers.

    If Hibs win, the route to Easter Road will be via North Bridge, Leith Street, and London Road.

    If Hearts win, the open top bus will head to Johnston Terrace, Morrison Street, Dalry Road and Gorgie Road, before arriving at Tynecastle.

    Fans will be able to carry on the celebrations at a free-of-charge event at either Easter Road or Tynecastle.


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