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Press Release

Clampdown on Anti-Social Behaviour In Run Up To 5th November

The emergency services and local authorities are joining forces in their annual clampdown on anti-social behaviour during the run-up to Bonfire Night.

Operation Alamo, the multi-agency approach to tackling anti-social behaviour surrounding the use of fireworks and bonfires, starts on Friday October 28 and runs until Sunday November 6.

Chief Superintendent David Flynn, head of Communities Policing, said: “This is the fourth year we have carried out Operation Alamo with our partners in the fire service and the three local authorities. Operation Alamo aims to tackle those behaving in an irresponsible or antisocial manner. Their thoughtless actions have an impact on the quality of life in our communities. We want the public to be safe and to enjoy the period leading up to and including Bonfire Night.”

“We know that incidents involving anti-social behaviour increase on the approach to Bonfire Night and this impacts on the public as well as our colleagues in the fire and rescue service and the local authorities.”

“Those who chose to behave in an irresponsible or dangerous manner with fireworks or bonfires not only put themselves at risk but anyone in the vicinity. This will not be tolerated. It may appear fun or a good idea to set things on fire but these thoughtless actions put lives and property at risk. We don’t want to spoil people’s fun but we do want to keep communities safe.”

“Anybody behaving in an antisocial manner – either towards firefighters who are putting out bonfires or council staff who are dismantling them – will be dealt with firmly. It is not acceptable for people to be verbally or physically abused as they carry out responsibilities which keep our communities safe.

“We have already received reports of wheelie bins being set on fire and our advice to residents is to only put them out on the day of collection to avoid this,” said Chief Superintendent Flynn.

Officials from the local authorities, fire and police will carry out joint visits to retailers to ensure that fireworks are being stored safely and are being sold legally. Local authority officials will also remove illegal bonfires and police will take a zero tolerance attitude against those caught setting off fireworks outwith the prescribed times.

Gordon Pryde, Group Manager of Community Safety at Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Bonfire Night is one of our busiest nights of the year. On the night itself and the weeks leading up to it, we see a significant increase in calls involving fires which can be directly linked to anti-social behaviour.

“We are tackling this issue through education programmes emphasising the dangers of being involved in this type behaviour. When our crews are out attending incidents, it is important that the public work with us to ensure the safety of the wider community.

“On Bonfire Night itself we want people to enjoy a good, safe evening so would encourage everyone, where possible, to attend organised events and help us reduce the incidents of fire caused by anti-social behaviour.”

Councillor Craig R Martin, Falkirk Council’s Depute Convener of Environment and Community Safety, added: ‘We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable run up to the fireworks fun but there is always a small minority every year that are determined to disrupt everyone’s enjoyment.

‘This will not be tolerated and we will be taking action along with the emergency services to minimise any opportunity for bonfires to be started on public grounds and fireworks let off irresponsibly.’

- Falkirk Council ( 24/10/2011 )

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