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Glasgow 2014: Soldiers to help with Games security

Members of the armed forces will be drafted in to help with security at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Scottish Sports Minister Shona Robison made the announcement during a debate on the legacy of the games at Holyrood.

She said security would be provided by a mix of police, military and private sector personnel.

A Scottish government spokesman said the measure had been planned and there was no similarity with the emergency use of soldiers at the London Olympics.

Ms Robison told MSPs: "I am pleased to announce that yesterday I had confirmation from the home secretary that Police Scotland's request for assistance from our shared armed forces had been supported in full.

"It has been agreed with the UK government that costs of this resource will not be passed on to Police Scotland.

"I have written to the home secretary thanking her for her support and requesting that consideration now be given to the Royal Regiment of Scotland helping to fulfil that military role."

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