Hogmanay safety advice

Crowds at Ellon's Gig at the Brig 2015
Crowds at Ellon's Gig at the Brig 2015

Police are urging revellers to plan ahead for their Hogmanay celebrations in Aberdeenshire.

Events taking place in the North-east include Gig at the Brig in Ellon, and Stonehaven’s Open Air in the Square and Fireballs Ceremony.

It is anticipated that in the region of 12,000 people will turn out for the events in Stonehaven.

Local area commander for Aberdeenshire South, Chief Inspector Richard Craig, said: “The festive season is a fantastic period of the year and Hogmanay is a traditional time of celebration.

“We want to encourage people to enjoy themselves, have fun with their friends and family members but to be safe and responsible.

“Following a few simple tips can help to make the most of your evening out - arrive in plenty of time, plan your journey to and from the event and make sure you are dressed for the weather conditions.

“Being aware of your alcohol consumption, staying together with friends and looking after your valuables can help keep you safe at the busiest time of the year.

“As part of Operation Sandside, additional police officers will be on duty in Stonehaven and across Aberdeenshire during the celebrations.

“We want to ensure that the very small minority do not have the opportunity to disrupt it for the vast majority who wish to go out and enjoy the festive experience in the other North-east towns and villages.”