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Local police chief backs fireworks sales ban

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Local Chief Inspector Stevie Sutherland said the sale of fireworks should be banned and only used at organised displays.

CI Sutherland was speaking yesterday following several incidents in the local area on Sunday night.

In the most serious incident, an officer suffered serious burns when attacked by a group of youths.

A car was set alight on Sunday night on West Pilton Gardens

Speaking during a TV interview yesterday, CI Sutherland said: “I would definitely go with the ban on fireworks, I think that’s a brilliant idea.

“Keep them for organised events, if they are getting into the wrong hands and they are being used as weapons, and that’s totally unacceptable in any community.

“This is their community, and we are trying our best to help out the community.

“We need as many people as possible to come forward and tell who is responsible for this.”

Police confirmed yesterday that a police officer who has served in the area for a long time suffered serious burns.

Chief Inspector Stevie Sutherland backs a fireworks sales ban

As well as the officer being injured a car was burnt out on a driveway on West Pilton Gardens.

Speaking of the injured officers, Superintendent Mandy Paterson said: “My thoughts are with the officer who was injured last night.

“She has worked in the Muirhouse area for a number of years. Her injuries are fortunately not life-threatening but are serious.

“As always, we had additional officers on duty to deal with any additional firework or bonfire-related incidents over the last week and sadly, the behaviour of a few individuals has undermined what should be an enjoyable time for our communities.”

Anyone with information about these incidents can pass on information by calling 101 and quoting reference 3833 of Sunday 5th November.

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