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Bonfire night safety warning

26 Oct 2016 09:43 AM

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Police in Newcastle issue bonfire night safety warning.

Officers are giving advice to those planning on attending bonfires or using fireworks in the hope that people can enjoy the occasion safely and sensibly.

Far too many people are injured by fireworks every year across the country and police are working with the fire service to try and make sure that everyone can stay safe.

People are being urged to only attend organised events and displays and not to have their own fires or displays in their back yard or garden.

 

Local businesses selling fireworks are being reminded of their responsibilities. They must ensure they have a current explosives licence, sufficient fire safety provisions and an appropriate place to store fireworks safely. They can only sell fireworks to adults and if they are found selling to children then they face action being taken against them.

Officers are also warning anyone who is thinking of causing trouble by letting of fireworks in public places that they also face being arrested.

Newcastle Acting Inspector Pinner Rana said: "We want everyone taking part in Bonfire celebrations to enjoy themselves but it's important that people do so safely and take responsibility for themselves and others.

"People must be mindful that these occasions can cause distress and fear among the most vulnerable in our communities and can involve anti-social behaviour.

"That's why we are working together with the fire Service, Trading Standards and the local authority to try and make the next couple of weeks as safe as possible.

"Unfortunately a small minority of people use fireworks irresponsibly and it's these people we will be focusing on and targeting. We will be stepping up patrols in areas where we have received reports of anti-social behaviour and using our powers to find those causing problems and to take action against them.

"We are doing all this to try and keep people safe. Messing around with fire or fireworks can have devastating consequences and we want everyone to be able to enjoy the occasion safely."

Anyone who has concerns about disorder or antisocial behaviour should contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.

For details of local organised displays and for information and advice on how to enjoy a safe bonfire night ,visit

www.twfire.gov.uk/bonfire, www.facebook.com/bonfires or www.twitter.com/TWFRSbonfire

 




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