Hearts allay fears over main stand safety after police concerns

Hearts have allayed fears over the safety of the new main stand at Tynecastle after police raised concerns. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Hearts have allayed fears over the safety of the new main stand at Tynecastle after police raised concerns. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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Hearts have moved to reassure supporters after it was revealed that police had contacted Edinburgh City Council with concerns over the safety of Tynecastle’s new main stand.

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And the Jambos confirmed that Saturday’s match with Motherwell would go ahead as scheduled.

A statement issued by the club this afternoon revealed that a meeting had taken place at the stadium to discuss the safety of the structure.

The council’s public safety department had received a letter from Police Scotland outlining potential issues with the new stand, mostly relating to crowd safety and movement.

The police superintendent responsible for events in the Capital wrote in the letter: “I have concerns over the public safety of patrons attending football matches at Tynecastle Park.”

But a spokesperson for Hearts, who confirmed that the club had been contacted by the council, sought to play down fears.

A statement published on the club’s website read: “Heart of Midlothian Football Club can confirm that it was contacted by Edinburgh City Council with regards to a letter sent to them by Police Scotland.

“The letter expressed some concerns regarding general security following a number of unrelated incidents at the first three games held at Tynecastle Park.

“Following a satisfactory outcome to a meeting held today at the stadium, attended by all parties, the club is looking forward to welcoming Motherwell Football Club to Tynecastle Park this Saturday.”

A spokesman for the SPFL said: “We have been in contact with Hearts, who are already liaising with Police Scotland and Edinburgh City Council regarding this issue.

“Hearts are keeping us up to date with developments and we will continue to monitor the situation closely.”