Bonfire Night bid to ensure trouble doesn’t flare

Meadowbank Stadium kicks off at 6pm. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Meadowbank Stadium kicks off at 6pm. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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Police and fire services are gearing up for one of the busiest nights of the year as Guy Fawkes celebrations begin in earnest.

Emergency services have insisted they are fully prepared for the challenges of Bonfire Night with a variety of measures in place.

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Mobile CCTV cameras will be in use and police and firefighters will be paired up to combat dangerous behaviour before it gets out of hand.

In the lead-up to the festivities, police and the fire service have been giving safety talks at schools to highlight the dangers of playing with fireworks.

Local youths classified as “at risk” of offending were invited to visit Crewe Toll fire station for a tour and a chat, while police community safety officers have been monitoring local shops and the sale of fireworks.

Officers from specialist units are being deployed to bolster police resources, and it is hoped that pairs of community officers and firefighters will carry out effective patrols, while police will also conduct bail checks on offenders.

It is hoped that the council CCTV van will be a valuable tool to capture evidence in areas with poor or no regular coverage.

Divisional commander for Edinburgh, Chief Superintendent Mark Williams said: “We won’t tolerate antisocial behaviour and it’s against the law for fireworks to be sold to children and young people.”

Toni Giugliano, SNP candidate for Edinburgh Western constituency, said local residents had been in touch with concerns about youth disorder and fireworks.

“What people want on the ground is police presence,” he said. “We need to make sure that everyone is aware of the law – you cannot buy fireworks under the age of 18. That needs to be enforced.”

More bangs for your buck

The biggest bonfire night event this evening will be the ever-popular display at Meadowbank Stadium, which kicks off at 6pm.

There are also a variety of smaller community Guy Fawkes celebrations across the Lothians.

Tonight there will be events in areas including Currie, and Livingston’s Deer Park, while on Saturday Haddington, Linlithgow, and Hopetoun House will host displays.

On Sunday, there will be a display in Foxhills Field at Craigielaw Cottages, Aberlady.

Picture: IAN GEORGESON