Kinneil Woods fireraising causes concern for police

Police engagement Bo'ness fair
Police engagement Bo'ness fair

The Bo’ness Fair has been and gone and as always was well attended and from a policing perspective, the event went well and passed safely.

The main role for police on Fair Day is to ensure that everyone can safely enjoy the event.

The community was in good spirits and there was some excellent engagement with local police officers.

Although it may not seem like it with the recent weather, but summer has arrived and the weeks ahead can be a busy time for the police and partner agencies.

In particular, there is sometimes a rise in anti-social behaviour. As I said in a previous article, anti-social behaviour across the Boness and Blackness area continues to fall with a 15 per cent reduction which is excellent news.

I am committed to ensuring that anti-social behaviour continues to fall. Recently however there have been a number of fires set in Kinneil woods. Incidents have been reported to Police Scotland as well as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the information we have received would suggest that youths are responsible.

In addition to the anti-social behaviour aspect of this, those involved are putting themselves in danger and at risk of being injured.

We will be working closely with other agencies in an effort to discourage this type of behaviour. We will also be carrying out proactive patrols in an effort to identify those responsible.

I would like to take this opportunity to make it clear that this type of behaviour is unacceptable and anyone identified as being responsible could find themselves being charged with 
wilful fire-raising - a serious crime.

I would encourage parents to speak to their children about the risks involved in terms of being injured and the consequences for anyone charged with this offence.

Likewise, I would actively encourage anyone who may have any information as to who is responsible to contact us in confidence by calling Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.