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Police investigating damage to drum before Scottish Cup tie involving Ross County and Partick Thistle

By Niall Harkiss

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Police Scotland are investigating reports of damage to a drum allegedly snatched from Ross County fans and damaged shortly before their Scottish Cup match with Partick Thistle.

Locator - Global Energy Stadium, Ross County football club.
Locator - Global Energy Stadium, Ross County football club.


Enquiries are ongoing after video emerged on X appearing to show a drum belonging to a Staggies fan being taken by a group of young fans before being smashed.

Two separate video clips appear to first show the drum being taken by a group on Ferry Road near the bridge crossing the railway line, before a group can be seen causing damage to the drum.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 2.45pm on Saturday, January 20, 2024, officers received a report of a damage to a drum on Ferry Road, Dingwall.

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

In a statement, Ross County condemned the incident and confirmed that they have been in contact with the individuals affected.

A spokesperson for the club said: "Ross County Football Club are aware of a video circulating on social media regarding an incident on Ferry Road, Dingwall prior to yesterday’s match against Partick Thistle.

"Two young Ross County supporters were accosted and their drum was forcibly taken from them by a group of youths. The drum was later recovered having been destroyed.

"Both clubs completely condemn this type of criminal behaviour prior to football matches. We have been in contact with the individuals affected and are providing them with our full support.

"The incident is subject of a live police investigation and both clubs will fully co-operate with their enquiries. It would be inappropriate to make any further comment in relation to the circumstances of this incident at this time.

"Anyone with information should contact their respective club or Police Scotland."

Dingwall Communtiy Council have also reached out to the family of the County supporters, offering to provide a replacement drum.

A statement on behalf of Dingwall CC posted on Facebook, read: "We are extremely saddened to hear the news that a young lad had his drum taken from him at the County game.

"Please can a member of his family contact us directly so we can organise a new drum and pass on the many messages of support we have received for him. Thank you."

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