Increased security presence at Topsham bonfire event

THERE will be greater security presence at Topsham rugby club’s bonfire night following last year’s event when a man had part of his nostril ripped off.

Dave Tanner, a committee member at the club, said security would be stepped up at the firework display at Bonfire Field on November 5.

A twenty-three-year-old rugby player, who was working as a volunteer at the 2009 event, sustained a deep laceration on his head and part of his left nostril was damaged following an incident.

The player needed eight stitches as doctors reconnected part of his nostril to his noise.

Richard Shelton, police community support officer for Topsham, said there would be an increase in police presence.

“I know there were a few issues associated with last year’s bonfire night which we do not want a repeat of this time around,” he said.

More than 2,000 people attended the firework display last year. The numbers who have attended the bonfire night has increased every year.