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FEARS THAT HOGMANAY COULD HAVE BEEN ANOTHER HILLSBOROUGH

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City of Edinburgh council is launching an investigation into the security operation at the city's New Year's Eve st...
City of Edinburgh council is launching an investigation into the security operation at the city's New Year's Eve street party, following claims that widespread crushing and lack of effective crowd control could have led to a repeat of the Hillsborough disaster.

The Herald reports (p8) that crash barriers collapsed and people were lifted off their feet during the celebrations last week.

But Roy Cameron, chief constable of Lothian and Borders Police, defended his force's security operation. While conceding that there were 'very stressful instances of crowd pressure and congestion', he said that emergency services performed 'ably'.

The council's director of environmental services is to be called upon to clarify who is legally responsible for health and safety at the celebrations.
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