Hibs and Hearts fans face flares search

Hibs and Hearts next do battle on Wednesday night
Hibs and Hearts next do battle on Wednesday night
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HIBS and Hearts supporters will be searched for fireworks and flares ahead of Wednesday night’s League Cup quarter-final at Easter Road.

Police dogs will be on duty in the wake of a warning that robust action will be taken against fans who smuggle illegal items into stadiums.

Superintendent Kenny MacDonald, who is in charge of the policing operation on Wednesday, said: “The match kicks off at 7pm, and I would encourage supporters to get there early, as they will be travelling to the game during rush hour and there is limited parking near to the ground.

“There will be search cordons in place around the stadium, and searches will be undertaken as a condition of entry to the ground. A specialist search dog will be used to detect anyone in possession of fireworks or flares.

“We recognise that the majority of supporters are well behaved, however there are a small minority who in the past have put themselves and others in danger by throwing fireworks or flares.

“If this behaviour continues then it will only be a matter of time before someone suffers a serious injury, and we are working with clubs and stewards to do all we can to prevent such dangerous behaviour.

“Anyone who is caught with a flare or firework can expect to be arrested, either at the time, or as a result of a post-match investigation. As well as receiving a criminal conviction, they may very well find themselves being banned from attending future matches throughout the country.”