Smoking out the firebugs
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FUMING: Inspector MacLean and Fire Commander Gordon Kerr
BLAZING mad Bonhill residents are holding a summit tonight (Thursday) to crack down on the mindless arsonists behind a string of fire-raising incidents.
Concerned householders are joining police inspectors, fire chiefs, councillors and members of the Anti-Social Investigation Team to help coordinate a strategy for defeating the firebugs.
And they are calling on as many residents as they can to turn out and get behind the joint-agency approach at stamping out the arson attacks once and for all.
Families are urged to turn out at the Ladyton CE Centre public meeting this evening (Thursday March 15) where the community will vent its outrage over fires which have blighted the area over recent months.
Inspector Duncan MacLean, of Alexandria Police Office, told the Reporter: "Over the last few months we have been engaging with the public and sending out significant police resources into the area at specific times and places to ensure we offer the public the reassurance that we are treating this matter seriously and will continue to do so.
"I welcome the fact that there's a public meeting and I welcome the fact that everybody will have the opportunity to let us know what their problems are. It's my job to be there and listen to and resolve these problems."
Councillor John Millar has urged locals to attend the public meeting to have their say.
The Leven councillor - who called the meeting so the concerned public can air their views - said: "We are trying to get the community involved so they can express their concerns.
"The police have been doing door-to-door enquiries throughout Braehead and O'Hare and other parts of Bonhill will be targeted by them as well. The meeting is vital - the public want to know what is going on and how these fires can be stopped."
Representatives from Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and West Dunbartonshire Council will be in attendance.
The meeting will take place in the Ladyton CE Centre, starting at 7pm.
This article appeared in Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter 15 Mar 12
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