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The organisers of Edinburgh's Hogmanay street party have warned
people not to travel to the capital unless they have a ticket.
With 75,000 people expected, Police Scotland insist
they have a "proportionate" security plan in place.
At the top of the Mound, a stage is taking shape,
and high up on the ramparts of the castle, a fireworks display
sure signs that Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations are approaching.
The buses and restaurants and bars are all full.
There is a huge build-up, with ?42 million being brought
It is great for Edinburgh's reputation as the capital
of Scotland that we can put on a fantastic event like this.
It is an event that has grown into a three-day festival,
with tickets for the headline act Paolo Nutini disappearing
For those thinking about going to the street party,
We encourage people to buy their tickets now and not travel
unless they have bought a ticket, because the event will sell out
beforehand and we do not want people to turn up disappointed.
On New Year's Eve, this place will be filled up with
tens of thousands of partygoers, and the recent attacks in Berlin
are focusing the minds of those policing the event.
I'm confident we have a proportionate and appropriate plan
In terms of the overall threat level within the UK,
that remains at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.
We ask members of the public to be alert but not alarmed.
As the preparations continue, there is the one thing that
organisers can't control, and that is the weather.
In the past, it has not always been a friend of Edinburgh's Hogmanay,
but this year's forecast doesn't contain anything too dramatic.
Some rain and windy conditions, so the advice is to wrap up warm.
Police also say "robust" plans are in place to ensure public safety
for the Hogmanay football match between Rangers and Celtic.
About 50,000 people are expected at Ibrox, while the city centre
is likely to be crowded with shoppers and
My focus is about delivering a safe event,
but not only the football match - we want people to enjoy a safe
environment in the city centre to do their shopping and enjoy
I would say to people, make sure you act responsibly.
If you are having a drink, drink responsibly and make sure
you plan your transport to and from home.
Hundreds of people, who were given infected NHS blood in Scotland
in the 1970s and '80s, have now received extra
financial support, according to the Scottish Government.
They include more than 300 people infected with hepatitis C,
who received lump sums totalling tens of thousands of pounds.
The news has been broadly welcomed by campaigners,
but they also called for urgent action to address
From the 1st of April next year with this Scottish scheme,
we have the opportunity to support Windows and widowers
Work has been ongoing to make sure those widows
and widowers get support, because we know, for many of them,
It is important to acknowledge that Scotland has done a much better job
than south of the border in recognising the payments that
have been necessary to people who have suffered in many cases.
But in terms of the losers, and I am afraid the widows,
Food Standards Scotland has issued a warning about a frozen prawn dish,
sold in Scottish branches of the Aldi supermarket chain.
It has recalled two batches of Aldi's Specially Selected Tikka
King Prawns, saying it contains salmonella bacteria which can
Consumers are being urged not to eat the prawns,
but to return them to the store for a refund.
In the run-up to the Old Firm match on Hogmanay, the Rangers manager
Mark Warburton says he shouldn't be judged on results against Celtic.
But at Celtic, Brendan Rodgers says the pressure is on the Ibrox side.
Just ahead of him, Sviatchenko goes for a goal.
There is MacLean interested in that one and he gets there first.
He keeps his goal to equalise for St Johnstone.
Last night's results widen the points gap between the clubs
at the top of the Premiership to 16 points.
In terms of where Rangers are at in relation to the points,
and with Hearts and Aberdeen closing in behind them...
They will want to win the game as much as we want to win.
we have had a brilliant opening time to the season.
The league champions were better than Rangers in their Premiership
match at Celtic Park, and in the League Cup semifinal
Rangers managed to have their manager believe he should
not be judged on games against the archrivals.
Brendan Rodgers says Celtic's average this season of three goals
per away game gives them confidence for their trip to Ibrox,
but this is either proof that even red-hot strikers
like Leigh Griffiths can misfire or it is proof of his accuracy.
Let's get the weather outlook for tonight and tomorrow now,
And across the country Fairly lonely, breezy and mild. A
bit of rain in the far north-west tomorrow morning. That wet weather
edging its way as far south as Highland Perthshire. Elsewhere,
largely cloudy, dry and mild, with temperatures at 8am at nine or 11
Celsius. Breezes from the south-west occasionally gale force on the West
Coast. Wet weather up to the north-west of Inverness and
stretching up towards Orkney and Shetland. More dry across the
north-east. As we had through the course on Friday, most wet weather
will stay there. Elsewhere cloudy and the odd spot of light rain or
drizzle, but ostensibly dry. A tax break to run the Moray Coast and
North East Aberdeenshire. So the order, largely dry and clarity, like
the last couple of mornings mist and fog. Stubborn to clear where that
happens. Temperatures struggle elsewhere into double digits.
Similar story up here and in the north-east. With brightness, 13 or
14 Celsius possible. Into Friday night, wet weather in the north-west
moves southwards. This weather front here with high-pressure retreating
towards the near continent and the rain moving south. If you start the
day dry on Saturday, it will turn wet. Heaviest rain likely across the
Highlands and Islands, with a yellow bee where a warning with difficult
conditions on the roads with spray and rain edging southwards. -- be
aware warning. A breezy if not wet afternoon and as we head to the
evening, rain moving southwards. They can start to the evening, but
reasonably confident it should clear away in time for the bells. A wet
start to the night for many but come midnight it should be drier but it
will be colder with winds coming from the north. A few wintry showers
as well on the north and north-east coast. That is the forecast for now.
From everyone on the late team here in Glasgow and around