No ar­rests at Old Firm

No sec­tar­ian or foot­ball re­lated in­ci­dents

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

The be­hav­iour of foot­ball fans in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang has been praised by the po­lice.

There were no ar­rests in the towns re­lated to Sun­day’s Old Firm clash.

A large-scale fight broke out on Ruther­glen Main Street hours af­ter Sun­day’s Old Firm derby, but cops have praised the over­all be­hav­iour of lo­cal fans.

We re­ported last week that po­lice were de­ploy­ing ex­tra re­sources to Ruther­glen given the town’s prox­im­ity to Ham­p­den.

And it is also un­der­stood there was a large po­lice pres­ence in Cam­bus­lang, where po­lice at­tended a num­ber of in­ci­dents.

How­ever, no ar­rests were made in ei­ther town for foot­ball- re­lated dis­or­der although one off li­cence was re­ported for sell­ing booze out­with li­cenced hours.

Eye wit­nesses re­ported around a dozen peo­ple fight­ing out­side the An Ruadh-Gh­leann pub on Ruther­glen Main Street at around 9pm.

They fled when po­lice ar­rived on the scene and CCTV was un­able to cap­ture any of the per­pre­tra­tors.

One res­i­dent said: “There were two girls fight­ing then all of sud­den all hell broke loose.”

It is un­clear if the in­ci­dent was re­lated to the game, which Rangers won on penal­ties.

Chief in­spec­tor Gil­lian Scott told the Re­former there had been a “min­i­mal num­ber of in­ci­dents.”

She said: “Last week­end was suc­cess­ful for our La­nark­shire Po­lice Divi­sion in terms of the num­ber of foot­ball re­lated in­ci­dents at­tended by of­fi­cers.

“Due to the ro­bust polic­ing of my re­sponse and com­mu­nity polic­ing of­fi­cers the res­i­dents of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang were able to en­joy the week­end’s foot­ball safely.

“Our polic­ing plan for the match in­volved reg­u­lar and vig­or­ous vis­its of li­censed premises within the sub divi­sion which re­sulted in one li­censed premises in Cam­bus­lang be­ing re­ported for sell­ing al­co­hol out with the hours per­mit­ted by their li­cence.

“I am pleased to in­form you that there was no re­ported sec­tar­ian in­ci­dents and no foot­ball re­lated as­saults.

“I would like to thank all of my of­fi­cers who pro­vided sup­port over the week­end, par­tic­u­larly those who were work­ing on what would have been their days off and also a big thank you to the res­i­dents of Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen for en­joy­ing the week­end’s foot­ball re­spon­si­bly.”

The game it­self passed off peace­fully, with only nine ar­rests made.

It proved to be an epic en­counter with the teams draw­ing 1-1 at full-time and 2-2 at the end of ex­tra time be­fore the Ibrox men went through 5-4 in a nerve wrack­ing penalty shoot out.

They will take on Hiber­nian in the fi­nal at Ham­p­den on May 21, when traf­fic will again be heavy on the Main Street and around To­ry­glen and King’s Park.

Best be­hav­iour Ruther­glen po­lice praised the be­hav­iour of fans on the day of the Old Firm game

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