Fire­work charge for boy, 14

West Lothian Courier - - News -

A 14- year- old boy was charged in con­nec­tion with the il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a fire­work fol­low­ing a night of chaos on Bon­fire Night.

Po­lice in West Loth­ian were called to a num­ber of re­ports of youth dis­or­der in Black­burn on Novem­ber 5.

Chief In­spec­tor Alun Wil­liams, the Lo­cal Area Com­man­der, said: “We had a num­ber of lo­cal and spe­cial­ist re­sources in West Loth­ian work­ing to re­duce the risk to the pub­lic on Bon­fire Night un­der Op­er­a­tion Moon­beam.

“A num­ber of re­ports of youth dis­or­der were re­ceived in the Black­burn area, with of­fi­cers work­ing through­out the night to dis­perse groups of youths.

“One 14-year-old boy was charged in con­nec­tion with the il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a fire­work.

“In the run up to Bon­fire Night, we worked with our part­ners from the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice and West Loth­ian Coun­cil to de­liver safety mes­sages in schools and youth groups.

“Whilst the vast ma­jor­ity of young peo­ple ad­hered to the safety ad­vice, it is dis­ap­point­ing that a num­ber put them­selves and oth­ers in dan­ger by en­gag­ing in fire­work-re­lated dis­or­der.

“This be­hav­iour will not be tol­er­ated and any­one who has in­for­ma­tion on those in­volved, or wish­ing to re­port a crime, can do so by con­tact­ing of­fi­cers via 101.

“There were no re­ports of se­ri­ous in­jury or dam­age.”

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