Extra police officers to help combat Bonfire Night disorder

A team of specially trained officers will be on standby over Halloween and Bonfire Night after disorder last year which saw a policewoman injured by a firework.

Police Scotland said damage and violence on Scotland’s streets will not be tolerated as the force prepares for a spike in emergency calls associated with the time of year.

It said extra resources will be available to all areas should they require them.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Anderson said: “What we want to make it clear to our communities that the level of disorder witnessed last year cannot and will not be tolerated.

Someone lighting fireworks
Someone lighting fireworks

“Members of the public saw their vehicles and other items of property destroyed and emergency service personnel were the victims of attacks that put their safety and well-being at serious risk.

“To prevent similar incidents arising this year, a range of specialist police resources have been earmarked to provide additional capabilities to local policing teams throughout the country.”

A police officer in Edinburgh was treated for burns after being injured by a firework on Bonfire night last year, when emergency crews attended disturbances in Muirhouse and Craigentinny.

Mr Anderson added: “Each local division is still responsible for the planning and deployment of their officers in their area, but has the reassurance of having specially-trained national assets at their disposal in the event of any serious incidents arising.”