Scottish police are preparing for the possibility of significant protests in the wake of this week’s independence referendum result, as tensions continue to run high on both sides of the debate over the country’s future.

Brian Docherty, the chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, told The Independent that officers were continually monitoring the situation and would “see what develops” in the wake of Thursday’s vote, with Friday night considered a potential flashpoint. Police Scotland said it would “respond appropriately to any issues” which might arise after the result, which is expected to be announced early on Friday morning.

On Sunday, thousands of Yes campaigners descended on the BBC’s Scottish headquarters in Glasgow’s Pacific Quay in protest at what they perceive as a pro-Union bias by the corporation’s journalists, notably its political editor Nick Robinson.

One of the protest’s leaders told The Independent that in the event of a No vote on Thursday: “We will take to the streets. We will not be robbed of victory by a conspiracy which has the BBC at its centre.”

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