Police Scotland has urged Aberdeen City Council to ensure that the proposed new stadium for Scottish Premiership football club Aberdeen features improved security measures.
According to the Evening Express, Police Scotland has put forward a number of recommendations to help boost security at the planned venue.
In a letter to the City Council, Police Scotland suggested that the new stadium include a specialist cash handling office and police officers be stationed opposite this facility.
Police Scotland also recommended installing additional security doors, improved CCTV and installing a forensic solution spray system, as well as employing a specialist security firm to transport taking from the stadium to a banking facility.
Robert McKinney, architectural liaison officer for the force in the area, said: “Given that it is hoped major events, including European football matches, will be held at the stadium, I anticipate this may generate considerable cash revenues in the gate and refreshment takings on these days.
“These takings will probably need to be taken to a single point, such as a cash handling office, before being collated and taken away for banking. That being the case, it is on these days any attempted robbery is most likely to happen.”
In response, a spokeswoman for the football said: “The club has been running safe and secure operations at Pittodrie for decades and will continue to do so at Kingsford, should our plans get the green light.
“We’re obviously not going to talk about the specifics of our security arrangements, suffice it to say that all recommendations for the secure, safe and efficient operations at Kingsford are being fully considered.”
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