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Thursday, 23 August, 2001, 13:37 GMT 14:37 UK
Police plan for city gig
Eminem on stage
Controversial rapper Eminem will perform
Police are putting in place their final plans for managing Glasgow's Gig on the Green two-day music extravaganza.

It is expected that about 70,000 people will gather for the weekend event featuring controversial goth rocker Marilyn Manson and Detroit rapper Eminem.

Police contingency plans include dealing with parking, road closures, pick-up points and crowd control.

Officers have warned they will watch out for those breaking the law by taking drugs.

Crowds at the Gig on the Green
Last year's festival attracted 60,000 revellers
But they will also offer guidance to people on drug-related matters.

A drugs awareness officer will be on hand to answer any queries and to offer advice to those unsure of the dangers of drugs.

And a tent housing a 'chill-out' area will be made available by the organisers, Regular Music.

The police also plan to reiterate the law on Glasgow's outdoor alcohol ban.

The event site is licensed for drinking to take place, but it will be illegal to consume alcohol outside the cordoned off area.

Crowd safety

Chief Superintendent Kevin Smith, of Strathclyde Police, said: "The Gig on the Green event is a major coup for the city of Glasgow, and I am sure that it will be a spectacular show enjoyed by everyone.

"However, my officers are aware that there will be a number of people at this event who will want to take drugs or even deal to others.

Strathclyde Police HQ
Policing plans are being put in place
"My priority is the safety of the crowd, and that may be compromised by people who over-indulge in alcohol and drugs.

"Officers will be detailed at the event to look out for anybody who may have taken drugs or who may be dealing drugs, and I must warn people that firm action will be taken.

"There will be people attending this event that genuinely want to enjoy the music and be entertained by some great performers, and I will not let other irresponsible people ruin it for them.

"I would also ask those coming to Gig on the Green to be sensitive to the concerns of people who live nearby."

He added: "I am sure this will be a fantastic event, which is set against a wonderful backdrop on Glasgow Green.

"Let's make sure that Gig on the Green will be remembered for the right reasons."

See also:

23 Apr 01 | Scotland
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