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Hearts and Hibs fans at Hampden praised by police

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Image caption Hearts fans celebrated for a second day as the trophy headed to Tynecastle

Police have praised the Scottish Cup final fans for the "way they conducted themselves" at the weekend after only a handful of arrests.

Hearts beat their city rivals 5-1 on Saturday, denying Hibs a first win in the competition's final in 110 years.

Over 50,000 supporters attended the match at Hampden stadium in Glasgow, while thousands more watched the match at home and in pubs.

There were eight arrests in Edinburgh and 21 arrests in Glasgow on Saturday.

Police said on Sunday about 100,000 fans then joined the victory celebrations as the winning Hearts team travelled from the City Chambers to Tynecastle Stadium in Gorgie.

On Sunday a further five men were arrested and charged for alleged assaults and breaches of the peace.

The police said it wanted to thank supporters of both clubs and members of the public "for their responsible behaviour and good spirits" over the two days.

'Credit to themselves'

Eight people were arrested in Edinburgh on Saturday for offences including alleged breaches of the peace and assault.

However, police have hailed the weekend as a major success with no significant incidents having occurred.

Ch Supt Gill Imery, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "With Edinburgh's two professional teams facing each other in a major cup final, worldwide attention focused on Edinburgh, Glasgow and the fans and organisations associated with the match.

"I am delighted by the manner in which members of the public conducted themselves.

"Both sets of fans were a credit to themselves and their clubs as they travelled to and from Glasgow and while they watched the match, either within the stadium, at home or in licensed premises.

"Detailed planning between all partner agencies was carried out prior to this event to ensure the public were aware of all key issues including transport arrangements, local by-laws and planned activities for both clubs.

"The feedback from officers across all forces has been extremely positive and the engagement between police and public appears to have been a key factor

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