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ACC Ritchie talks COP26, Little Amal & continued policing in Glasgow

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A 3.5 metre refugee puppet, Little Amal, is in Glasgow for COP26

Police Scotland were on hand to help with the visit of puppet Little Amal to Glasgow, and facilitated a number of protests.

ACC Ritchie said “I hope this spirit continues right through the conference closure as, over the past few weeks, we have sought to provide a proportionate policing response to any potential protests, balancing the needs and rights of those wishing to demonstrate or protest against the needs of the wider community.

“The wider community really means the people of Glasgow whose patience and understanding, while managing significant disruption to their daily routines, have been a key part of enabling us to deliver a safe and secure global event.

“So I would like to thank them for being so welcoming to our visitors and for being so accommodating of the large police presence and security measures – the people of the city have made this such a positive experience for those of us who have been working day and night, some of us away from home and families, on what is the largest policing operation seen in the UK for many years.

“Our stated commitment was always that the people and communities of Scotland would still receive the same high standard of service that they are accustomed to for the duration of the conference. With this in mind, we established dedicated local policing teams to ensure that local areas had the resources they require to address local community concerns throughout COP26.

“Eight people were arrested today with minimal disruption to the city centre and to the people who live and work there.”

Written by: George Icke - Reporter

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