40 West Lothian teens attack firefighters after blaze in park

A large crowd of teens attacked firefighters after they had set wheelie bins alight in a West Lothian park.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 4th March 2019, 3:55 pm
Updated Monday, 4th March 2019, 8:37 pm

Cops are investigating the incident on the evening of Friday 1st March where there were reports of over 40+ young persons in the Almond Park area of Livingston starting fires.

When fire crews arrived to extinguish the fires they were pelted with items thrown by the group.

The gang scattered when police arrived, however, officers found two vulnerable, intoxicated 14 year old girls who required medical attention.

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Police are investigating the incident. Picture: TSPL

Police Sergeant Iain Wells said: “This incident, whereby young persons have stolen wheelie bins, setting them on fire and then attacking the fire service when doing their job is totally unacceptable.

“It is clear that there was excess alcohol being consumed by these persons and the two vulnerable young persons found by the police were extremely cold.

“Things could have been very different if the police had not located them and arranged the appropriate medical attention. It has been established that those involved have travelled from various other local towns to the area.

He added: “I would like to all encourage parents to take an active interest in where their children are in the evening to ensure that they are not involved in this type of behaviour and ensure their safety”

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