Glasgow & West Scotland

Police 'justified' in using captor spray against fans

A British Transport Police officer was "justified" in using an incapacitant spray against fighting football fans, an independent investigation has ruled.

The incident happened as two officers were dealing with a group of 15 rival fans outside a pub in Bridgeton, Glasgow, after Celtic's Champion's League game against Ajax on 22 October.

It was later referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.

Prof John McNeill said use of the spray was proportionate and justified.

"I am satisfied that the officers managed the incident professionally," he said.

"Had the officer not used the Captor spray, there is a likelihood that the situation would have continued to escalate and place those involved, members of the public and police officers at risk.

"I have however recommended to British Transport Police that the procedures for using the spray in areas aside from railway premises should be updated to ensure that officers have clear instruction and guidance on using Captor Spray."

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