Statement by Chief Constable Sir Stephen House

Published 30 November 2013

Statement by Chief Constable Sir Stephen House following the press conference at Govan this morning, Saturday 30th November 2013:

"I would like to take this opportunity this morning to express the deep sorrow that we feel within Police Scotland. The thoughts of myself and all of our people are with those involved in the tragic incident last night when a Police Scotland helicopter crashed on to the roof of the Clutha Vaults pub here in Glasgow.

"Police Scotland is co-ordinating the response to the incident which includes specialist teams from Scottish Fire and Rescue and our colleagues from the Scottish Ambulance Service.

"As we speak highly-trained firefighters from all over Scotland are carrying out a rescue operation at the scene; they are continuing to make the building safe to allow full examination of the scene to ensure that everyone is recovered from the scene.

"A full and thorough investigation into what happened last night has already begun. The Air Accident Investigation branch are here in Glasgow and will be leading their own investigation into the causes of this tragic incident.

"At this time I can confirm that 32 injured people were taken by ambulance from the scene last night. They were taken to three different hospitals in Glasgow. Sadly at this time, I can also confirm one fatality. We expect that number to increase over the coming hours.

"This is a very difficult and sensitive operation. The scene is and, as you have probably seen on the media, a particularly challenging one. Given the damage caused and the nature of the damage it will take some time to complete the search of the building and to assess how we begin the investigation. Clearly the safety of those conducting the search is of the highest importance balanced with the search and rescue operation that is ongoing.

"At this time I would like to recognise the efforts of all in the emergency services and in the health service who received so many injured at one time and also pay particular tribute to the public in Glasgow who responded at the time magnificently in rescuing people from the scene.

"I want to end where I started by saying the thoughts of my organisation are with all those affected by this tragic incident."

Contact Details

The telephone number for members of the public who are concerned about relatives who may have been involved in the Glasgow helicopter crash is

0800 092 0410

Callers should ONLY contact this number if they have concerns for relatives who may have been in the Clutha Vaults pub or surrounding area at the time of the incident.

Call 101 for non-emergencies and general enquiries, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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