LOCAL police have confirmed that after receiving intelligence officers will be out on “additional proactive patrols” in Shetland tomorrow night (Wednesday) when Rangers play Frankfurt in the final of the Europa League.
Chief inspector Stuart Clemenson said officers would provide a “proportionate and balanced response to combat any pockets of antisocial behaviour by minority groups”.
While reports suggest up to 100,000 Rangers fans will descend on Seville, where the game is being played, pubs back home are expected to be busy as fans watch on.
It comes after local police similarly put on additional patrols when Celtic played Rangers earlier this year – with intelligence suggesting up to 200 workers were planning to watch that match in North Mainland premises.
“Officers will be carrying out proactive patrols within licensed premises, responding to complaints from the community and completing vehicle checks to deter and detect drink and drug drivers,” Clemenson added.
“We ask that the community of Shetland continue to support us with the operation to ‘keep people safe’.”
Meanwhile Shetland News spoke to two people travelling to Seville from Shetland – one with a ticket, and one without.
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