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Police urge a safe and legal bonfire night

Police recommend people attend organised firework displays
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Herts police have again issued advice surrounding the safe and legal use of fireworks. They've also warned that antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated.

Officers are particularly concerned about fireworks being thrown or used in public places without permission.

They are asking parents to remind their children that drinking alcohol and using fireworks is a dangerous combination.

According to police, under the Fireworks (Safety) Regulations Act of 1997, it is an offence to “throw, cast or fire any fireworks into a highway, street, thoroughfare or public place”. Such offences are punishable by hefty fines.

Firework displays must also finish at 11pm on all occasions except Diwali, New Year's Eve and Chinese New Year (where fireworks must finish at 1am) and Bonfire night, where displays must finish by midnight.

Police community teams around the county have been distributing posters reminding shops and businesses that it is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18.

“We don’t want to ruin people’s fun on Bonfire night but we do want to make sure that it is safe and legal for everyone involved,” said Chief Inspector Nigel Brown, Head of Community Safety.

“The unlawful use of fireworks is extremely dangerous and can have devastating consequences. We would say if you are under 18, go to an organised event or one that is supervised by an adult.

“We are asking all parents to speak with their children and discourage them from drinking alcohol and committing crime over this period. We will not tolerate unsociable behaviour and will be taking robust actions to ensure that offenders are arrested and charged.

Any offenders that are then found guilty in court will not only receive a criminal record but could face an Anti Social Behaviour Order which would seriously restrict their everyday activities.”

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1 November 2004

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