Probe into Hogmanay crowd crushes

Some revellers had to climb over barriers at the Mound. Picture: Comp
Some revellers had to climb over barriers at the Mound. Picture: Comp
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A SAFETY review is to be carried out into crowd crushes at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.

Around 200 revellers scaled spiked fences and clambered over safety barriers after an area at The Mound became jammed with thousands of people.

Organisers have confirmed extra resources had to be deployed to The Mound and that barriers had to be opened to prevent injury and curb congestion.

It is understood the review will focus on how huge numbers of people were allowed to congregate in front of a stage where Australian DJ Tom Loud was performing his hit Fringe show, Hot Dub Time Machine.

The city council, which has overall responsibility for the event, is also expected to explore whether a reduction in the number of police officers on duty was a factor.

One eyewitness, Martin Reade, said: “There were way, way too many people. If I had known it was going to be like that I wouldn’t have come.”

A spokeswoman for the city council said: “The congestion at The Mound and all complaints will be discussed at a debrief due to take place towards the end of January.”