High vis event in capital city to deter fire-setting

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In a bid to deter fire-setting in communal bins in Edinburgh, firefighters teamed up with police and local authority partners for a high-vis event in Leith.

Crews at McDonald Road Fire Station have dealt with 28 separate bin fire incidents in the area since the last weekend in August this year.

Maintaining social distancing, agencies patrolled Iona Street in the run up to bonfire night to reinforce the zero tolerance approach to deliberate fire-setting.

Station Commander John Bruton said: "These large communal bins on the streets along with discarded and unwanted household furniture are being targeted by fire-setters.

"These have the potential to endanger life, property, local businesses and the environment.

"It was really important to join with partners, including our own fire investigation unit, in Leith to make our presence felt ahead of bonfire night.

"Local residents can be assured that we are aware of their concerns, but we also want those responsible for these fires to know that we are working with police to identify them."

Leith Inspector Colin Fordyce said: "We're aware of the concerns in the local community about deliberate fire raisings and conducted patrols with partners as part of our efforts to crack down on anti-social behaviour and criminal activity in the area. Wilful fire raisings can have potentially devastating consequences and this behaviour will not be tolerated. We will continue to take appropriate action where such incidents are reported and to identify offenders."

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