Service for Glasgow victims

Special prayers are being said at Glasgow Cathedral for the victims of the police helicopter crash that killed at least eight people in a pub in the city centre on Friday night.

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Police officers were 'working to protect the public'

Scotland's First Minister has paid tribute to the four people who lost their lives when a police helicopter crashed into a crowded bar in Glasgow on Friday night:

The helicopter crew who have died were working to protect the public. Gary Arthur and the other civilian fatalities were enjoying themselves on a Friday night. These losses are keenly felt. I offer my condolences to the families of all four named by the police, as well as those still waiting for certainty as to what has happened to their loved ones.

Constable Kirsty Nelis and Constable Tony Collins, along with Captain Dave Traill, worked to keep us safe. Their families can take pride in the service they have shown the people of Scotland – service that has seen both officers commended for their bravery ...

Tragedies do not define people, cities or countries. They are defined by how we respond, how we endure and how we recover. We have responded, we endure and Glasgow and Scotland will recover.

– first minister alex salmond


Service held for Glasgow helicopter crash victims

Victims of the Glasgow helicopter crash have been remembered at a service in the city's cathedral, as the rescue and recovery operation continues at the Clutha pub continues.

Special prayers were said at Glasgow Cathedral for victims of the helicopter crash
Candles were lit for the eight confirmed victims of the crash.

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon were among those in attendance.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gives a reading at the service


Police community 'feel loss' of Glasgow crash victims

The impact of the Glasgow helicopter tragedy will be felt by all the extended police family, the manager of the Police Roll of Honour Trust has said, after it was revealed that eight people had died in the incident.

Steve Lloyd of the trust, which remembers officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, said:

This is such a terrible loss of life. We know that it is so sad to lose a loved one at any time of year but I'm sure many of us will feel the loss is even harder to bear at a time when so many of us are preparing for Christmas with our loved ones.

No amount of sympathy can ease that loss.

N. Ireland ministers 'saddened' to hear of Glasgow crash

Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and the deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness expressed their sadness following the helicopter crash in Glasgow.

Mr Robinson said: "I want to express my sorrow and sympathies to all those bereaved and injured in this tragic incident". Mr McGuinness added:

I was shocked and saddened to learn of this devastating crash and my prayers and thoughts are with the people of Scotland today.

I want to offer my condolences to those who lost a loved one in the incident and to those who suffered injuries, I wish a fast and full recovery.

Sturgeon: Impossible to imagine the grief of bereaved

Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that the thoughts of "everybody across Scotland" are with the bereaved.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attends a press conference in Glasgow Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

She said: "It is impossible to imagine the grief and loss they are experiencing but they should know that the thoughts and prayers of everybody across Scotland are with them at this unimaginably difficult time.

"Our thoughts are also with those who remain in hospital. We all hope and pray that those who have suffered injuries make a full and speedy recovery ...

"The police are not just dealing with a very complex incident, they are also dealing with the loss of colleagues, which makes this situation all the more difficult for them."

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