Police launch Operation Moonbeam 2019
Police Scotland is once again dedicating a range of specialist resources to assist local Police Commanders over Halloween and Bonfire Night. Operation Moonbeam, which launched in 2018, was the Force’s response to high levels of damage and violence between during the same period in 2017. During these incidents emergency service workers were targeted, including one incident in Edinburgh where a Police Sergeant was injured after a firework struck her.
Ban on boozing in public looming closer in Borders
The prospect of boozing in public in the Borders being outlawed appears to be looming closer now councillors have voted to carry out further consultation on plans for a trial ban in the region’s biggest towns. A trial ban in Galashiels, Hawick, Peebles and Eyemouth, if approved, would be used as a pilot project to assess the effectiveness of making public drinking illegal. If deemed a success, such a ban would then be extended to the rest of the Borders. By-laws banning public boozing were first tabled in November last year, with council officers suggesting fines of up to £500 for those defying them in designated areas.
Police dispersal zones across Edinburgh begin today
Seven dispersal zones designed to prevent Bonfire Night violence begin across Edinburgh on Friday. Police will have the Power of Dispersal in these areas, meaning they can ask groups of two or more to leave the area if officers believe they are acting antisocially. Those who fail to comply, or fail to stay away for up to 24 hours, can face arrest. This year’s dispersal zones were announced in October following their initial run in 2018. They start at 2pm on Friday, November 1 and continue until Tuesday, November 5.