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Eighteen arrests at Orange Order parade in Glasgow

Eighteen people have been arrested at the annual Orange Order parade in Glasgow.

About 4,500 marchers and 4,000 spectators took part in the event.

Police said that the arrests related to disorder, drinking in public and minor offences.

Specially trained stewards accompanied the march, freeing up police officers to concentrate on street drinking and drunkenness, anti-social and any sectarian behaviour.

Police Scotland had warned that this type of behaviour and drinking in public would not be tolerated at the event.

The force said it had worked closely with the Orange Order and Glasgow City Council to agree a route for the march and to try to minimise any disruption to the city centre.

Ch Supt Andy Bates said: "This event is one of the biggest policing operations the division manages on an annual basis.

"I recognise that it is not the people taking part in the parade who cause trouble but an unwelcome minority who turn up and use the event as an excuse to drink, cause offence and behave in a manner which cannot be tolerated in our communities."

Eddy Hyde, of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, said: "The new training regime for stewards that we organise in partnership with the police now means that we have over 2,500 of our own trained stewards for our events throughout Scotland.

"This has led to a real reduction on police resources without any adverse impact on safety or public order."

Looking ahead to other summer parades he urged every member of the Orange Order to enjoy the days with the "utmost decorum".

He said: "Our parades are a celebration of our heritage, not an excuse for anyone to criticise anyone else's faith or beliefs."

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