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Scots cops offered personnel boost to deal with Bonfire night louts during climate summit

TOP brass are ready to unleash an army of cops to snuff out Bonfire night bampots intent on causing trouble during the COP26 climate change conference.

Vast numbers of officers – including 7,000 mutual aid cops from forces across the UK – are poised to pounce if trouble flares up during the annual firework festival.


Scots Cops will have thousands more officers on hand to deal with any fireworks trouble during COP26Credit: Alamy
The climate summit will be held at Glasgow's SEC between October 31 and November 12


The climate summit will be held at Glasgow’s SEC between October 31 and November 12Credit: AFP

Deputy Chief Constable Will Kerr revealed Police Scotland chiefs won’t hesitate to take officers off climate conference duties to deal with rocket-launching loonies.

He insisted any response would not impact on security at the global summit in Glasgow – and warned yobs now is not the year to spark Guy Fawkes riots.

DCC Kerr said: “We still have a very large Bonfire night policing presence across the country and that’s not going to be affected by the operation.

“But what we also have is 10,000 other police officers who are available and accessible to respond as and when we need.”

Guy Fawkes celebrations are among the busiest nights of the year for emergency workers.

One of the worst examples happened in Castlemilk, Glasgow, in 2005 when 50 patrol cars attended and one motor was burnt out by fireworks.

A police source said: “It could be a challenging scenario if cops have to be called away to deal with violence and anti-social behaviour.

“There was a notorious example a few years back in Castlemilk when cops from all over were called to assist because the levels of violence were so bad.

“Officers were tied up for hours dealing with out of control youths who were using fireworks as weapons.


“It was horrendous and if something on that scale happens again it could be a nightmare.

“It’s not just a concern for cops but all emergency services with fire and ambulance crews also at their busiest during this time of year.”

But DCC Kerr insisted the force had hammered home a clear deterrent message to would-be troublemakers over the last few years and they were not expecting violence this year.

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He said: “As you would expect, we have done the same detailed planning this year for Bonfire night.

“We call it Operation Moonbeam as we have done in previous years and there’s been a significant reduction in the amount of antisocial behaviour and violent disorder because of that operation.

“So that’s a lot of police officers deployed out into those key locations just to deal robustly if necessary with people who want to engage in violence.


“That’s happened this year but what we have obviously is that mapped on top of a massive police operation where 10,000 cops are policing Glasgow for three weeks and this happens slap bang in the middle of it.”

He said: “This year we are just going to have thousands of extra cops out by virtue of the circumstance that is COP26 so this is definitely not the year to be engaged in any disorder.”

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