The last out-of-date flares collection day of 2019 is to be held at HM Coastguard’s Stornoway station next weekend.

Coastguard officers are inviting mariners and fishermen to bring time-expired pyrotechnics in on Saturday October 5th between 10am and 4pm.

A one-off collection is also being held for the Uists at the HM Coastguard Benbecula Station on Saturday 19th October – also from 10am to 4pm.

Contractors EPC are due to arrive in the Western Isles later in the month to destroy the items, held in safe storage at the Coastguard station after being handed in.

A Coastguard spokesman said: “Please ensure you dispose of these items correctly. They can be highly dangerous when not handled correctly.

“If you find any of these items discarded on the beach, please don’t touch them, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”