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Transport police prepare for Six Nations crowds – Scotland

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With the first match of the Six Nations due to be held at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield stadium this Sunday 11 February, teams at British Transport Police are finalising their policing operation. 

Extra officers from BTP will be on duty throughout Scotland, including an enhanced presence at stations in Edinburgh. With thousands of fans expected to descend on the city from all corners of Scotland; BTP will also be stepping up patrols on board trains. 

Inspector Dougie Brownlee from British Transport Police, said: “This is a national policing operation for BTP and we’ll have increased patrols on board trains throughout Scotland. There will be jubilant Scottish fans travelling to and from all corners of Scotland; our policing operation will be mirroring this. 

“Of course, not everyone travelling to Edinburgh will be going to the Six Nations match, many will also be regular tourists to the city. Therefore, I’d ask fans to be on their best behaviour and to not cause a nuisance to other passengers. We’ll be working hard with ScotRail to ensure that anti-social behaviour is deterred and trouble makers will be dealt with swiftly.”

Services between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh are expected to be busy; therefore fans are reminded to plan ahead and allow plenty of time to travel.  

BTP will also be working with colleagues south of the border to ensure that fans from other parts of the country have a smooth and pleasant journey. Cross border services will also see an enhanced presence from officers, with BTP officers travelling on board trains. 

Inspector Brownlee added: “As with other large events, alcohol bans are in place and we’ll be working closely with ScotRail to ensure everyone has a smooth and hassle free journey. Try your luck at a scrum, tackle, hook or strike on board trains this weekend and you’ll be in our sin bin.” 

Anyone who experiences crime or anti-social behaviour on board trains is encouraged to report it directly to BTP. This can be done by texting BTP discreetly on 61016, in an emergency always dial 999. 
 
Officers at Glasgow Central getting ready for the Six Nations: https://twitter.com/BTPScotland/status/959743269902073856

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