Safety first on bonfire night

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With Bonfire Night fast approaching, Brechin Community Liaison Officer Billy Rattray is urging members of the public to stay safe during this period.

Tayside Police, along with Tayside Fire & Rescue and Angus Council, will be working to tackle the misuse of fireworks as November 5 approaches.

Everybody needs to be aware of the legislation regarding the sale of fireworks, and we would encourage members of the public to report anyone who they believe to be using fireworks illegally or anyone who may be selling fireworks to persons under 18 to either Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222.

Fireworks should only be used by adults who are aware of the safety aspects involved and who will use fireworks in a responsible manner.

No person under the age of 18 is permitted to possess fireworks in a public place. Again, any information regarding youths in possession of fireworks can be reported on the above number.

Anyone planning to set a bonfire to celebrate November 5 should advise their local police or fire station of their intention. If a bonfire is to be set on public ground, then advance permission must be sought from the local authority.

Any bonfires being set without permission on public land will be removed.

Anyone spotting a pile of materials which they believe will be used as an unauthorised bonfire in a public area can report the matter to Angus Council waste management who should be able to remove the items.