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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 November 2005, 15:22 GMT
Police set to shield firefighters
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Police officers will be protecting their fire colleagues
Firefighters in Glasgow are to be given police protection on bonfire night during call-outs in part of the city.

In recent years, firefighters have been attacked with stones and other missiles while putting out unofficial bonfires.

This year, a team of police officers will accompany fire crews on the nights of 4 and 5 November to specific calls in the east end of the city.

Police based at four fire depots will go to the calls in their own marked vehicles rather than in fire engines.

'Acts of disorder'

Chief Superintendent Kenny Scott said: "My officers will be under strict orders to arrest any person who would seek to compromise public safety or who engages in acts of disorder aimed at affecting the response of the emergency services."

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue assistant chief officer Keith Small said: "We welcome very much this commitment by Strathclyde Police to tackle the serious problem of attacks on firefighters.

"We hope this move by the police will result in a big reduction in incidents over the bonfire weekend."


06 Nov 04 |  Scotland

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