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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Flags at Scottish Parliament flying at half mast

The Scottish, Union and EU flags are all flying at half mast outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh as a mark of respect to the victims of the helicopter crash in Glasgow.

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick sent her sympathy on behalf of the Scottish Parliament to all those affected: "This is a truly tragic day. My thoughts and prayers are with those involved and with their families and friends.

"Our grateful thanks go to the emergency services from all over Scotland for their efforts and to the people of Glasgow who, with no thought for themselves, helped many to safety and comfort," she said.

Flags to fly at half-mast across Scotland after crash

Flags will fly at half-mast across Scotland this weekend as a mark of respect for those affected by the helicopter crash in Glasgow.

First Minister Alex Salmond has asked that Saltire and Lion Rampant flags outside Scottish Government and Historic Scotland buildings fly at half-mast over the weekend.

St Andrew's Day events in the city have been cancelled and football grounds hosting Scottish Cup ties will observe a minute silence.

Salmond: We can take pride in response to tragedy

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond praised the work of emergency services and local people in responding to the "extraordinary tragedy" of a helicopter crashing into a pub. Offering condolences to the bereaved he said:

"This is a black day for Glasgow and for Scotland, but it is also St Andrew's Day, and it is a day we can take pride and courage in how we respond to adversity and tragedy."

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Cameron: 'Deepest sympathies' after Glasgow pub crash

David Cameron paid tribute to emergency services and the bravery of "the ordinary Glaswegians who rushed to help". Credit: Press Association

Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed "deepest sympathies" with the families and friends who lost a loved one in the Glasgow helicopter crash.

He also thanked the emergency services who "worked tirelessly" throughout the night and also paid tribute to the bravery of "the ordinary Glaswegians who rushed to help".

Miliband: 'My thoughts' with people of Glasgow

The Labour leader Ed Miliband has offered his condolences to people affected by the helicopter crash in Glasgow.

He told Sky News:

"There will be lots of people worried about their loved ones who are unaccounted for, and my thoughts are with them, and also with the people of Glasgow, who are an incredibly strong people, who showed last night in reaction when the helicopter hit, great bravery, great courage, great calm".

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