Scottish Cup Final: 15 facing action as police gather evidence

Police line the pitch at the Scottish Cup Final.  Picture: Robert Perry

Police line the pitch at the Scottish Cup Final. Picture: Robert Perry

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A DEDICATED inquiry team has been set up in Glasgow to investigate acts of criminality that were carried out during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian football clubs at Hampden on Saturday.

Police are reviewing CCTV footage, video and photos to identify those involved in criminal behaviour on the pitch, and have set up a dedicated email address for members of the public to aid the investigation. Officers have currently arrested or reported 15 individuals to the Procurator Fiscal.

Mounted police were brought in to restore order after the pitch invasion. Picture: Robert Perry

Mounted police were brought in to restore order after the pitch invasion. Picture: Robert Perry

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Detective Superintendent Kenny Graham, who is leading the investigation, said, “Our focus at the moment is on reviewing video and images in order that we identify those who were responsible for causing disorder, violence and anti-social behaviour on the pitch, not those who may have been caught up in the crowd.

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“I am sure that there are people who witnessed or have captured incidents on their mobiles and it’s vital that we speak to them so we can view any material that could help us. Similarly, I am keen to appeal to the media to send any footage or images to us, as well as members of the public, as this could assist with the inquiry.

A smoke bomb goes off during the Scottish Cup Final. Picture: Greg Macvean

A smoke bomb goes off during the Scottish Cup Final. Picture: Greg Macvean

“We now have a dedicated email address set up to receive images and video from the public and media and I would urge them to send any material to ScottishCupFinalPitchInvasion@Scotland.pnn.police.uk or by phoning the incident room on 0141 532 5457 (between office hours 0900 until 1700 hours).

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“I understand that people may be reluctant to come forward but I want to reassure you that my focus is tracking down those involved in criminal behaviour.”​

The public and media can contact the incident room on 0141 532 5457 or by emailing scottishcupfinalpitchinvasion@scotland.pnn.police.uk, alternatively, members of the public can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be provided anonymously.

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