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Cole-Hamilton: Time to address antisocial use of fireworks

November 8, 2017 4:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton is calling on the Scottish Government to investigate and address the antisocial use of unlicensed fireworks.

On Sunday 5th November, violent attacks took place in his Edinburgh Western constituency including fireworks being thrown at emergency service staff and injuries to a police officer. The Scottish Fire service are four times have to deal with a four-fold increase in demand during the week around Bonfire Night.

Filing a parliamentary motion on the subject, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"It's absolutely unconscionable that what should be a fun and good-natured evening has been used by a malicious minority as an excuse to assault our hardworking emergency services.

"The officer hurt on Sunday night is part of the team of hundreds of emergency services staff working to protect our communities from harm. They deserve far better.

"Fireworks are regulated at a UK level, however, there is more that we can do to ensure that the antisocial use of unlicensed fireworks is clamped down on. That's why I am calling on the Scottish Government to investigate and address the antisocial use of unlicensed fireworks."