Apr 18 2012 by Robert Mitchell, Wishaw Press
Flares in the Celtic end at a recent Old Firm youth game
POLICE are deploying specially trained dogs who can sniff out smoke bombs at Motherwell’s weekend game with Celtic.
The Steelmen welcome the SPL champions to Fir Park on Sunday and the dogs will be on patrol with officers prior to kickoff.
It comes after flares were set off at the Celtic end of an Old Firm youth clash at Ibrox on Monday night.
Chief Inspector Kenny Swan, the match commander, said: “Over the course of this football season, there have been a number of incidents where smoke bombs or flares have been set off during the matches. This leads to obvious safety issues.
“Anyone caught in possession of these items will not only be denied entry to the stadium but will also be arrested. I would urge people to act responsibly and not bring these items to the ground.”
The dogs have been trained to detect the smell of powder used in both flares and smoke bombs.