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“Full body and bag searches” at Scottish Cup final in wake of Manchester terror attack

The teams line up for the League Cup final in November
The teams line up for the League Cup final in November

Police are to step up security measures at next week’s Scottish Cup final in the wake of the Manchester terror attack, the First Minister has announced.

Nicola Sturgeon said people should not allow terrorism to triumph and should go about their business as usual but warned the public to anticipate an increased police presence.

Ms Sturgeon said: “While raising the UK terror threat level to critical has been judged a necessary response to the despicable attack in Manchester, we must not allow terrorism to triumph.

“I urge the people of Scotland to be vigilant but not alarmed and, as far as possible, to go about their business as usual.

“Police Scotland have already visibly increased their presence in locations such as transport hubs and city centres as a precaution.

“Security arrangements for upcoming public events, including this weekend’s Scottish Cup Final, are being thoroughly reviewed and the public should anticipate additional safety measures such as full body and bag searches.

“Our emergency services prepare extensively for situations such as this, and those well-rehearsed plans are now being put into practice.”

The First Minister added: “Anyone who was in Manchester and witnessed the terror attack or its immediate aftermath will undoubtedly be feeling stressed or upset.

“Anyone with concerns about themselves or their children should contact their GP for support or NHS 24 if their GP surgery is closed.”

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