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Glasgow helicopter crash claims nine lives

At least nine people have lost their lives after a police helicopter crashed through the roof of a Glasgow pub during a live music performance on Friday night, and fourteen more are being treated in hospital for very serious injuries.

The incident occurred at around 10.25pm at the Clutha Vaults bar (or The Clutha) on Stockwell Street near the River Clyde.

The death toll rose to nine on the evening of Sunday 1 December.

The three helicopter crew members are among the dead, and now feature on the Police Scotland Roll of Honour.

Chief Constable Stephen House said authorities do not yet know if there are more people trapped inside the building, and urban search and rescue teams continue to work on what is a “complicated and dangerous scene”.

Police Scotland has established a telephone number at 0800 092 0410 for members of the public who have concerns for relatives who may have been in the pub or the surrounding area at the time.

Glasgow City Council have also opened a family reception centre for those affected at 40 John Street, which Police Scotland says will “provide advice and counselling to relatives of people who have been injured or people whose relatives are unaccounted for”.

As the situation unfolded on Friday night, First Minister Alex Salmond warned over Twitter that “given an incident of this scale we must all prepare ourselves for the likelihood of fatalities”. Following the slow confirmation of deaths, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was something “everybody had been both dreading and expecting”.

She said it was “impossible to imagine the grief and loss” of victims’ families, but: “They should know that the thoughts and prayers of everyone across the city and across Scotland are with them at this unimaginably difficult time.”

Prime Minister David Cameron and the Queen have also offered their thoughts and prayers.

This article will be updated with more information as we receive it.

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