Ahead of tonight’s world famous Street Party, Divisional Commander for Edinburgh has issued the following statement:
He said: “The Torchlight Procession was a great precursor to the Hogmanay celebrations, with thousands of people coming into the city centre to take part in this unique event.
“I am delighted to say last night was a complete success with no incidents of note taking place and those in attendance demonstrating exemplary behaviour for this family-friendly celebration.
“Our focus now turns to tonight’s Hogmanay festivities and the Street Party. We will be utilising a range of local and specialist resources aimed at preserving public safety and deterring criminal activity.
“This will include visible armed officers. Please do not be alarmed by the presence of these professional and highly-trained officers. They are being deployed purely as a precaution. I would again reiterate that there is no specific intelligence relating to a potential threat for either event.
“In addition to the police officers and stewards present on the evening a range of barriers and bollards will also be utilised, which prevent vehicles accessing the event arena. Again, this is purely a precautionary measure.
“The planning process for these events has been underway for several months, with Police Scotland in regular discussion with the City of Edinburgh Council and event organisers, Underbelly. All of the security measures taken on both evenings have been done so to ensure the iconic celebrations are delivered as safely as possible.
“For those coming along to Torchlight, or indeed, the Street Party please ensure you plan your journeys in advance. Know how you are getting to your destination and more important, how you’re getting home. Dress for the conditions and remember that December in Edinburgh can be extremely cold so wrap up warm.
“To make sure you get entry to the arena as quickly as possible, revellers are advised not to bring bags with them, or if you do need to bring one, please ensure it is no bigger than A4 size. Before getting in you will be subject to a search, so time your arrival accordingly.
“Please also remember to look after family and friends you are out with. Stay together and don’t venture off anywhere alone, or leave anyone on their own.
“While the Torchlight procession is a family event, the Street Party is a more lively occasion and we expect people to be drinking while they enjoy the festivities. Please do so responsibly and don’t let your evening be ruined by the over-consumption of alcohol.
“On behalf of Edinburgh Division, I would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Hogmanay and New Year.”