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Madness In Print  Daily Record - 23 December, 1992 - Madness! Fans Rap Riot by Alan Crow and Ian Calcott

TERRIFIED fans caught up in a rock show riot yesterday hit out:

"Somebody could have died."

And stunned youngsters trapped in the crush as violence erupted at the Madness gig at Edinburgh's Ingliston Showground told how they feared another Hillsborough disaster.

Nine people were taken to hospital and 40 treated at the scene after the Monday night mayhem.

The terror was sparked off by a well-organised battle between Hibs and Motherwell soccer casuals.

They battled with scaffolding poles, chains, hammers and bottles as frightened fans were crushed in the panic.

More than 60 police were drafted in.

Pregnant Marie Allen, 24, of Corstorphine, Edinburgh, was at the concert with her husband.

She said yesterday: "I was being crushed. There were people fighting all around me."

Nursing cracked ribs Gary Walker, 16, of Riddochhill Road, Blackburn, West Lothian, said: "I thought I was going to die. This young girl was being crushed, so I pulled her clear.

"Then I slipped and everybody piled on top of me. I remember thinking this was like Hillsborough."

And David Campbell, 22, of Rutherglen, said: "When the pushing started I just thought of Hillsborough. It was pandemonium."

Many fans complained of poor organisation.

But Mark Hamilton, boss of Rock Steady Security who stewarded the concert, said: "We had 72 people on duty at the concert. I believed this was adequate."

Dozens of fans phoned the Record demanding that London-based ITB promotions should repay their 18.50.

Boss Barry Dickens refused to comment.

Riot probe drug claim

POLICE are probing a claim that drug barons were behind the Madness rock riot.

Chanting Hibs Casuals used chains, metal bars and hammers to bring terror to 8,000 fans at Edinburgh's Royal Highland Centre.

Nine people were taken to hospital and 40 others treated on the spot.

Now police have been told criminals behind a drugs racket at earlier Ingliston gigs brought in "heavies" because of a ban on certain raves that cost them thousands in cash.

"The trouble was deliberately started on a signal," said Royal Highland boss Hywel Davies.

"It was organised disruption, and it may be someone has a grudge against us."

A police spokesman said: "Inquiries are going on."

Police move in on rock show riot by Tom Grant

POLICE and ambulances rushed to a Scots rock concert last night after skinheads sparked off a riot.

At least 40 fans were taken to hospital - some seriously injured - after the 18.50 a ticket Madness concert was brought to a halt by the troublemakers.

The battle started just after support group The Farm finished their performance in front of 8,500 fans at the Ingleston showground, Edinburgh.

Staff nurse, Christine Russell, 25, told how she saw bottles and punches hurled at innocent fans including children.

Christine, of Cardonald, Glasgow, said: "I was terrified."

Scott Johnstone, 24, of Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow, said: "I don't know if they were soccer casuals or skinheads."

"Some of them were shouting: "Hibs ..... Hibs'. They were throwing bottles and punching anybody who got in their way."

Alan Laird, 24, of Dennyloanhead, Stirlingshire, said: "At one point, about 200 folk were fighting before the police with dogs moved in."

Terrified teenager Nicky Cassidy and her pals tried to escape into the ladies' toilet - but it was full of frightened MEN.

Nicky, 18 of Logans Road, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, said: "People were panicking."

Michelle Dye, 23, of South Road, Dundee, said the concert had eventually restarted.

"When Madness finally did come on everybody just loved it," she added.

Madness sadness at gig riot by Matt Bendoris

STUNNED Madness star Suggs last night blasted the thugs who turned their Scots show into a riot.

The band's frontman got in touch with The Sun to check on injured fans after scenes of chaos just minutes before the 80's chart-toppers were due to go on stage.

Fans fled in terror, as a 50-strong mob of Hibs casuals fought with skinheads at Ingliston Exhibition Centre, Edinburgh on Monday.

When we told the singer all the injured fans had been released from hospital he said: "That's a relief. We were pretty upset and concerned for our young fans."

Suggs, 31 - real name Graham McPherson - admitted: "There seems to have been a dedicated bunch of neds in there.

"We can't understand how things turned out like this.

"Everywhere else we've played the atmosphere has been great."

The band finish their comeback British tour tonight in Birmingham.

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