COPS are working with event organisers to increase security at Glasgow's Christmas markets this year in a bid to stop Berlin-style attacks.

The force said it will give advice on safety and security measures to the organisers of events.

Two markets will operate in the city at St Enoch's Square and George Square - and revellers are being warned to be prepared for extra security measures including bag checks.

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The Christmas market at St Enoch's Square opened on Thursday while a similar attraction at George Square will operate after the big light switch on which takes place on November 19.

The move to ramp up security comes after the Berlin terrorist attack last year which left 12 people dead after a truck was deliberately driven into a Christmas market.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police Scotland is working with event organisers and partners across Scotland in the run up to the Christmas period to give advice and guidance on safety and security measures, taking into account any specific intelligence and the wider threat. Our priority is the safety and security of all those attending or involved, and the public are encouraged to continue with their plans to attend or take part in events as normal.

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"The public may see additional protective security measures. There could also be increased security checks at some events and venues so we advise the public to arrive in plenty of time to allow for this.

"The current threat level across the UK from international terrorism remains at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely and we reiterate our long-standing advice to remain vigilant and alert. As ever we would urge the public to get in touch to report anything suspicious by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency by calling 999."