Bonfire, Fireworks and Halloween
A message from Chief Inspector Bob Ryan:
Northumbria Police’s Harm Reduction Unit:
"No-one wants to stop anyone having fun, but it's important to plan ahead to keep people safe and prevent disorder.
"There are plenty of public fireworks and bonfire displays organised by local authorities, and supported by police, which are often free to attend.
We encourage members of the public to use these events, as they are much safer and much more spectacular than having fireworks at your own home.
"We also want to reinforce our safety messages to teenagers and young people. It's an offence for anyone under the age of 18 to buy or have in their possession in a public place a firework and police will take action against anyone who commits this offence.
We will also take action against any stores that supply fireworks to underage persons.
"Officers are visiting local schools to reinforce the dangers of fireworks and bonfires, advice on the best way to stay safe and also highlight some of the laws surrounding the possession of fireworks.
"Officers will be keeping a close eye on activities in the run-up to bonfire night and potential bonfires will be reported to local authorities for dismantling before they are set alight.
"Over the past few years the police, fire service, local authorities and other partners have been very successful in preventing serious injuries and disorder during the bonfire night period and we continue to work together to maintain this trend."