Firefighters called out to 11 bonfires

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FIREFIGHTERS had to extinguish 11 unsupervised bonfires last night as the service attempts to cope with one of its busiest periods of the year.

A further six that did have adults in attendance were the subject of call-outs to Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade.

A spokeswoman said this morning that crews put out the fires across Edinburgh and West Lothian which only children had set up.

Unlike the previous night, there were no instances of appliances coming under attack.

On Wednesday night at Torrance Park in Clermiston thugs lobbed eggs, stones and sticks at firefighters, who had to call police twice to help them deal with the illegal blazes.

That action has been condemned by Edinburgh Western MSP Mike Crockart.

He said: “This kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable. Fire crews already put themselves in some of the most dangerous situations to protect the public; to think that they are being attacked while doing this is sickening.”