Published: 30/11/2012 09:51 - Updated: 30/11/2012 09:54

Smoke bomb hotel investigation

GUESTS at an Elgin hotel had to be evacuated after a smoke bomb was set off.

Superintendent Mark Cooper
Superintendent Mark Cooper

It is understood a group of Rangers fans, who had travelled to the town for the aborted Elgin City-Rangers match, may have been involved in the incident.

The alarm went off in the early hours of last Sunday morning at the Premier Inn on the eastern edge of the town and emergency services raced to the scene.

It is understood a smoke bomb was set off in one of the rooms and a corridor of the hotel, causing damage to a carpet.

A spokeswoman for the hotel said: "The team acted swiftly to evacuate customers from the hotel and the emergency services were called to the scene.

"Customers were able to return to their rooms approximately an hour later."

The hotel was open for business this week and the Premier Inn is helping the police with their investigations, with the help of CCTV footage.

It is not clear how many guests had to be evacuated, but they were all given a refund on the cost of their accommodation for the night.

Supt Mark Cooper, who was match commander for the Rangers game, confirmed that a device had been set off in the hotel, although he could not confirm if fans of the Glasgow club were believed to be involved.

"Our investigations are at an early stage in relation to that," he added.

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