Bonfire crackdown

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POLICE are warning they will not tolerate the misuse of fireworks in the days before and after November 5.

Officers are keen to avoid any incidents of anti-social behaviour and offenders could face an on-the-spot fine of £80.

Police also have the power to stop and search anyone they think may be in unlawful possession of fireworks.

Sergeant Ruth Sheehan said: “We want everyone to enjoy themselves this bonfire night, but it is important people use fireworks responsibly for the safety of themselves and others.”

Remember:

*It is an offence for anyone under 18 to buy fireworks, or to sell fireworks to them.

*It is an offence for anyone under 18 to be in possession of a firework in a public place.

*It is an offence to throw a firework in, or into, a street or public place.

*Retailers have to be licensed to sell fireworks.

*The use of fireworks during night hours is usually prohibited between 11pm and 7am. On November, 5 fireworks may beset off until midnight.

*Sparklers should not be given to children under five.

Officers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be carrying out extra patrols across the city in the run up to Saturday (November 5).

The aim of the patrols will be to enforce legislation that governs the use of fireworks and to reassure residents.

Sgt Sheehan added: “We are working with Trading Standards to ensure that all those selling fireworks are licensed to do so and are not acting irresponsibly by allowing anyone under the age of 18 to purchase them.”

Martin Boome, Arson Liaison Officer, said: “Unfortunately at this time of the year there are some people who deliberately set off fireworks and start bonfires for malicious purposes.

“We would ask them to think carefully about the consequences of their actions and how they would feel if one of their friends were killed or seriously hurt.”