POLICE are carrying out extra patrols across Glasgow bridges over fears thieves are targeting vulnerable people.

Extra officers have been deployed in a bid to prevent crime on bridges connecting the city centre to the South Side over the River Clyde.

Chief Inspector Mark Hargreaves, area commander for Pollokshields and South Side Central, said a festive transport and bridges action plan was launched after concerns were raised about public safety.

He said: "The boundaries between the south and the city centre are separated by a number of bridges and as people make their way to and from the city centre on a night out they can be – and historically have been – a target for being robbed and assaulted.

"People are often under the influence of alcohol when walking home so they are potentially vulnerable.

"When they're walking across a bridge they can be easily seen from a distance and can be a target for people looking to commit that sort of crime."

The action plan was developed by Mr Hargreaves along with Govan area commander, Chief Inspector Carol McGuire, and city centre area commander, Chief Inspector Alan Porte.

As reported in Thursday's Evening Times, a surge of partygoers arrived in the city centre last night with more expected tonight and next weekend.

More than 11,344 revellers queued for taxis across the city centre's four NiteZones last Friday and Saturday nights, compared with 9137 last year.

Mr Hargreaves said: "Our action plan is about robbery prevention, public reassurance, making sure drivers travelling are not breaking the law, and ensuring taxi drivers are properly licensed.

"People often choose to walk home after an evening out and it's our job to make sure they can travel to and from the city centre safely."

Strathclyde Police Authority convenor and City Centre/Anderston councillor Philip Braat backs the campaign.

He said: "I want to make sure that the transit of people in and out of the city centre is done in a safe manner.

"Having additional patrols along the riverside and the bridges will enhance safety."