Po­lice ar­rest 21 at party

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TWENTY-ONE peo­ple were ar­rested af­ter trou­ble flared at an un­of­fi­cial street party to cel­e­brate the royal wed­ding. One po­lice of­fi­cer was taken to hos­pi­tal with a head in­jury fol­low­ing the event in Glas­gow, which was or­gan­ised on Face­book. Thou­sands at­tended the party in Kelv­in­grove Park, which turned rowdy shortly af­ter the mu­sic was switched off, re­ports said. There were also claims po­lice were be­ing pelted by bot­tles and win­dows bro­ken on po­lice ve­hi­cles. Strath­clyde Po­lice said it made 21 ar­rests for a va­ri­ety of of­fences, mostly re­lated to disor­derly be­hav­iour and drunk­en­ness. Ear­lier, Glas­gow City Coun­cil had warned against the gather­ing and urged peo­ple to find a “safer al­ter­na­tive” way of cel­e­brat­ing. Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Bernard Hig­gins said: “It’s re­ally dis­ap­point­ing that on the day of the royal wed­ding we wit­nessed the scenes we did. “At one point my of­fi­cers came un­der at­tack and one was taken to hos­pi­tal suf­fer­ing from a head in­jury. He has been dis­charged and will make a full re­cov­ery. “We made a num­ber of ar­rests at the time and we will now study CCTV footage and make fur­ther ar­rests if ap­pro­pri­ate. The level of drunk­en­ness was com­pletely un­ac­cept­able and frankly ir­re­spon­si­ble.” Com­ments about the trou­ble were left on Face­book. Tanja Go­ral wrote: “This was sup­pose to be a fun event and I feel sorry for the par­ents who had their chil­dren wit­ness such id­i­otic acts.”

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