Partnership Approach To Reduce Unauthorised Bonfires
The Highland Council, Northern Constabulary and Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service are joining forces to reduce the number of unauthorised bonfires throughout the Highlands in the lead up to Bonfire Night and the inappropriate use of fireworks.
Group Manager Robert Scott from Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service said that this was a good example of the Inverness Community Partnership working with partners and sharing information. Their efforts will help ensure the number of accidents involving fireworks, or uncontrolled or unsupervised bonfires is kept to a minimum and they are encouraging members of the public to attend the organised bonfire at Bught Park to ensure a safe and enjoyable bonfire night.
Most people are aware of the tragic consequences that can result from the unsafe or inappropriate use of fireworks as well as the safety risks created by bonfires in the community. Northern Constabulary want everyone to enjoy a safe and legal firework season.
Legislation aimed at reducing the number of fireworks falling into the hands of children and young people was introduced in October 2004, making it an offence for a person under the age of 18 to possess a firework in a public place.
The Fireworks (Scotland) Regulations 2004, created the offence of setting off a firework between 11pm and 7am, with the exception of November 5 (Guy Fawkes Night). Even on November 5 it would be an offence to set fireworks off after midnight.
Police now have the power to search, and in certain circumstances arrest, without warrant, any person under 18 they believe may be in possession of a firework. There are also powers of arrest in relation to the inappropriate use of fireworks by someone over 18.
Area Commander Chief Inspector Graeme Murdoch appealed to people in Inverness to be aware of the law and use fireworks responsibly. "We will be working closely with Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service and colleagues from The Highland Council to reduce risks and we will also be paying close attention to the building or lighting of unauthorised bonfires. The Fire Service and Highland Council will respond to reports of unauthorised bonfires and these will be extinguished or removed."
Debbie Maguire, Highland Council's Community Works Manager added that the Council will be removing any unauthorised bonfires which they become aware of on Council land and would like to encourage people to attend an organised bonfire and fireworks display in their area.
Local Police Commander for Fort William is, with the Highland and Islands Roads Policing Inspector, welcoming a new national roads policing unit to Fort William, which is a first for a specialist resource of this type. The divisionally-based national Trunk Road Patrol Group will focus on Keeping People Safe on the main arterial routes in the Highlands, but it is the first time a roads policing unit have been based in the Fort William area.
Police and Crimestoppers to take part in initiative to target illegal drivers. As of 07:00 hours on Monday 4 November 2013 until 07:00 hours on Monday 11 November 2013, Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division and Crimestoppers Highlands and Islands will be taking part in a national joint initiative to target illegal drivers.
Police Scotland is today announcing the launch of a new campaign to target those involved in hare coursing, code named, Operation Lepus. Operation Lepus is a national operation to counter hare coursing activity and this year Police Scotland will be undertaking targeted patrols in known hare coursing areas in an effort to apprehend the coursers.
Police in Highlands and Islands report numbers detected during national seatbelt day of action. Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division report that 33 people were found to be within vehicles without wearing a seatbelt during the national day of action, which ended yesterday morning.
Police in Highland and Islands report numbers of speeding motorists detected around regionís schools in recent initiative. Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division targeted speeding motorists around areas of restricted speed limits close to schools for the first fortnight after returning from the summer holidays, in order to ensure the safety of all school attendees and encourage motorists to drive at lesser speeds.
A series of 19 Highland Council Ward forums are being held across the Highlands to seek the views of the public on local police and fire services. The first meetings are being held at Portree and Golspie on Monday 2 September and they run until 30 October.
Police in Wick are investigating two incidents of housebreaking. One of the incidents occurred at a premises on the High Street and one in the Whitehouse Park area.
POLICE are renewing their previous warnings about deception thefts targeting businesses across the Highlands. Police received a report of a "ringing the changes" fraud at a restaurant/pub in the Inverness area yesterday, 25 July.
Cabinet Secretary given assurances over community partnership working. Left to right: Chief Superintendent, Julian Innes, Police Scotland (Highlands & Islands Division); Dr Ken Oates, Consultant, NHS Highland; Alistair Dodds, Chief Executive, The Highland Council; Jonathan Hart, Highlands & Islands Strategic Co-ordinating Group; Drew Hendry, Leader, The Highland Council; Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice; Scott Hay, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (Highlands & Islands Area Manager).
Police issue warning to disqualified drivers. The Highland and Islands Division continue to receive information and intelligence about drivers who drive illegally when they have been disqualified or do not hold an appropriate licence.
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