Published: 02/11/2017 12:05 - Updated: 02/11/2017 12:07

Police issue bonfire warning

POLICE are encouraging people in Moray to have a safe and enjoyable time over the bonfire night weekend. 

This weekend is typically one of the busiest times of the year for the police and other emergency services. 

Safer Communities Inspector, Colin Taylor, said: "Operation Fawkes has been running for several years. 

"It brings key partners such as Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray councils together – as well as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland – to reduce the opportunity of anti-social behaviour and wilful fire-raising incidents around bonfire night. 

"Where officers have visited schools across the north-east over the last month, inputs have been given to raise awareness about the dangers of fireworks, to explain the challenges emergency services encounter on bonfire night and the potential consequences of setting fires when others may require that fire appliance for a genuine emergency. 

"We, and our colleagues in Scottish Fire and Rescue, are acutely aware that sometimes antisocial behaviour is directed at fire crews around bonfire night. 

"This kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable and robust action will be taken to detect offenders. We will be working alongside Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to provide support and resilience in the event of any anti-social behaviour targeted towards them.  

"Across the north-east there will be additional high visibility patrols in key towns to prevent and deter such behaviour. 

"Organised fireworks displays in Aberdeen, and in towns in Aberdeenshire and Moray, will be more spectacular than putting on your own display and crucially safer for you, your family and friends. We want everyone to be able to celebrate November 5 safely and in a way that doesn’t require the intervention of the emergency services."

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