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The Open 2013: Police praise crowds at Muirfield event

Crowds at Open at Muirfield
Image caption The Open at Muirfield attracted thousands of spectators

Police have praised people who attended the Open golf championship at Muirfield in East Lothian.

Nine people were arrested during the event for a variety of crimes including fraudulent ticket sales and shoplifting.

American Phil Mickelson came from five strokes back to clinch the Open title for the first time in his career.

Police Scotland thanked spectators who flocked to Muirfield for their good behaviour and co-operation.

Supt Phil O'Kane said: "The policing operation has been focused on keeping people safe, and I am glad to say that our officers have only had to deal with a small number of incidents during The Open, mostly for minor offences.

"In addition, the transport management plan put in place to allow for travel to and from the course has worked very well, and this is in large part thanks to the co-operation we have enjoyed from the public, as well as assistance from partner agencies."

'Well behaved'

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director of championships at the R&A, said: "We would like to thank the public for their co-operation and understanding during the Open Championship.

"They have arrived in large numbers each day and have been well behaved throughout the week.

"We have worked closely with a number of agencies including Police Scotland and East Lothian Council and this has helped ensure the smooth running of the championship."

Four men arrested and charged in connection with alleged fraudulent ticket sales at the Open are expected to appear in court later.

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