EMERGENCY service personnel and police units are gearing up for one of their busiest nights of the year.

In preparation for Bonfire Night a national campaign, called Operation Moonbeam, has been launched to tackle any issues.

Additional police patrols will be out on the evening of November 5, keeping people safe and monitoring bonfires.

Community safety officer, PC Craig Marshall, said: “Anyone with any safety concerns should call us on 101. However, if it is a bonfire that had already been lit and is dangerous, they should call Fire and Rescue on 999.

“We are also working in partnership with East Ayrshire Council as well as the other emergency services. If anyone sees a bonfire being built, which could pose a threat, call the council and they will get it removed.”

Operation Moonbeam will also involve visits to schools and retailers that are licensed to sell fireworks.

A spokesman for Police Scotland added: “Specially-trained and equipped officers will be available to commanders, as well as a large number of officers on duty during the celebrations. Police Scotland is committed to protecting the public, as well as our own staff.”

East Ayrshire Council has a policy of removing unauthorised bonfires from open spaces.

PC Marshall added: “Retailers must register with the council’s licensing section to store fireworks and only certain types may be sold to the general public.

“If you are buying fireworks, always go to a reputable shop and make sure that they conform to British Standards.”