Partnership Approach To Reduce Unauthorised Bonfires
25th October 2011
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.
A new safety camera motorcycle which can be used across the country is being launched by The Scottish Safety Camera Programme. The motorcycle will supplement and enhance the mobile fleets as its compact nature will allow it to attend at locations previously unavailable to the current fleet of camera vans.
The Leader of the Council has welcomed the announcement by Police Scotland of their plan to delay the closure of the Inverness Control Room and transfer of command and control to Dundee until June 2017. Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson said: "The HMICS (Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabularies Scotland) Report set the bar high for standards of assurance and we need to have a guarantee that all these standards have been met before any changes can take place.
Thursday, 1st September 2016, Drop in between 1pm - 4.30pm Thurso Police Office, Olrig Street, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7JA Police Scotland are carrying out Preliminary Supplier Engagements, "Meet the Buyer" Events, across a few geographical areas in Scotland as part of their research into deciding the best way forward for their new upcoming tender for joinery and locksmith services in relation to boarding up premises in the Highlands and Islands. They would like to invite any suppliers that are interested in participating, to come along to the above venue for an informal drop in session.
The Highland Council has congratulated Divisional Commander of the Highlands and Islands, Julian Innes on his retiral and thanked him for his service at his last Committee meeting on 23 March 2016. Chair of the Communities and Partnerships Committee, Cllr Hamish Fraser said: Chief Superintendent Innes has made a huge contribution to the safety of our communities.
Police Scotland are holding a Candidate Briefing Session on Saturday 16th January 2016 at Wick Police Station, Bankhead Road, Wick. Candidate Briefing Sessions are aimed at those who are interested in joining Police Scotland as a Regular or Special Constable.
As part of Operation Monarda, Police Scotland's campaign against Bogus Callers and associated Doorstep Crime, officers from Police Scotland, VOSA, SEPA and Highland Council Trading Standards, carried out a high visibility operations in both Inverness and Brora last week. Operation Monarda aims to raise awareness of bogus callers, rogue traders and associated doorstep crime by providing advice and information on how householders can protect themselves from such crimes.
Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division today renewed its commitment to eradicating the scourge of doorstep crime and bogus callers. Operation Monarda drives home the message: "If In Doubt, Keep Them Out".
Officers from Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will be attending Highland Council Ward Forum Meetings over the coming weeks. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the local meetings and have their chance to comment on the priorities for community safety in their community.
North Highland Area Commander - Chief Inspector Iain MacLelland Aberdeen born Chief Inspector, Iain MacLelland, was promoted to Area Commander for the North Highland area last month, taking over from Chief Inspector Ross MacKillop. With family connections to Skye and the Western Isles, the opportunity to relocate to the Highland capital was gladly seized by Iain and his family last month.
Police Scotland advises motorists to be prepared for bad road conditions. Prepare for the winter by keeping your vehicle well maintained before you take to the road.
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