Glasgow & West Scotland

Glasgow 2014: Man tries to grab Queen's Baton during Kilmarnock relay

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Media captionThe man tried to the grab the baton as it was carried through Kilmarnock

A man attempted to grab the Queen's Commonwealth Games baton as it was carried through Kilmarnock in East Ayrshire.

Baton bearer Ian Paton, 18, was walking with it in the town's Portland Road when a man ran out, jumped up and tried to reach it at 18:28 BST.

The man was chased by police and was seen being led away by officers.

Police Scotland said a 21-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident.

The force said a report would be sent to the procurator fiscal.

Mr Paton managed to lift the baton out of the man's way during the incident and continued on the relay.

The East Ayrshire leg of the Queen's Baton Relay saw it pass through towns and villages including Auchinleck and Galston and the children's ward at Crosshouse Hospital.

A Glasgow 2014 spokesperson said: "The Queen's Baton Relay is travelling the length and breadth of Scotland, celebrating sport and the contribution of inspirational local people within their communities.

"Ensuring that every baton bearer gets the opportunity to experience a safe and memorable relay is a priority for the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee."

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