Scotland

Efforts continue to prevent copycat rioting in Scotland

Riot police in London
Image caption Police officers from Scotland were sent to help dealing with rioting across cities in England

Efforts are continuing to ensure Scotland is prepared for any copycat disturbances following last week's riots in England.

The Scottish government said it was monitoring any possibility of unrest and working closely with police forces, the Crown Office and local authorities.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill praised the work being done to keep Scotland trouble free.

However, he stressed that there was no room for complacency.

On Wednesday 250 riot-trained police officers from Scotland were sent south of the border to help combat riots and disorder in cities there.

The Scottish government said its resilience committee, which deals with emergency situations, had been meeting regularly and police forces were monitoring social network sites and other online activity.

A number of people have been arrested and appeared in court in connection with messages on Facebook allegedly encouraging others to riot in Scottish cities.

Mr MacAskill said: "The response from law enforcement and other agencies across Scotland to last week's events was co-ordinated and important.

"Our police forces have not only given much-needed support to our English friends and neighbours - they have been at the heart of efforts here in Scotland to prevent similar disturbances on our streets.

"While we can be relieved that Scotland has remained trouble-free, there is no room for complacency and we will continue to monitor the situation in the days ahead to ensure that our communities remain safe."

The Scottish Government also said says efforts had been made to ensure Scotland's international reputation hasn't been damaged by reports of rioting in the UK.

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