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Police Divers In Scotland Search River Clyde Ahead of COP26 Climate Change Summit

27th September 2021
COP26 on Clydeside: Police divers in Scotland search the River Clyde as part of the security operation in advance to the Cop26 climate change conference to be held in Glasgow during November. COP26 on Clydeside: Police divers in Scotland search the River Clyde as part of the security operation in advance to the Cop26 climate change conference to be held in Glasgow during November. Credit: The Herald Scotland-twitter

Police divers in Scotland are searching the River Clyde as part of the security operation in the run up to the Cop26 climate change conference in Glasgow.

As The Herald reports, specialist officers, who can search in confined spaces as well as capture underwater footage, will be patrolling the river and its banks ahead of the United Nations summit which runs from October 31 to November 12.

During Cop26 itself Ministry of Defence Police will monitor the waterway providing a “24/7, armed policing presence” on the river, with assistance when required from Police Scotland divers.

Police Scotland urged anyone who sees anything unusual around Glasgow’s waterways to contact them.

Superintendent Stevie Irvine, Police Scotland Maritime Security lead for Cop26, said: “Our specially trained divers will patrol and search the River Clyde, particularly restricted areas, in the run up to Cop26.

“This is a historic event, with one of the biggest mobilisation of police assets the UK has ever seen, and that means some restrictions are needed to help keep participants, visitors and members of the public safe.

More on the major event here, which is to be attended by UN member states, heads of state, Queen Elizabeth, Pope Francis and US president Joe Biden. 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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