London,
19
October
2010
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00:00
Europe/London

Firework fun, not bonfire burnout

Hackney Council and its Partners are working together this year to make the firework period safe for all Hackney residents.
The Council’s Trading Standards team is working closely with Hackney Police and Hackney Fire Brigade to expose shops illegally selling fireworks through test purchase operations. Those shopkeepers found selling fireworks to under 18s may face prosecution, and young people found in possession of fireworks in the street can be fined £80, or receive a custodial sentence if their actions cause injury or harm to others.
Councillor Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, says: “Fireworks can cause serious accidents when in the wrong hands, and the illegal sale of fireworks to young people is irresponsible, unacceptable and dangerous. This operation sends out a clear message that the Council will not tolerate illegal sales of any kind, and will take action against any shopkeepers willing to flout the law."
Graham Howgate, Borough Commander at Hackney Fire Brigade, adds: "We encourage residents to attend properly organised displays, but where residents choose to organise their own, we urge them to buy fireworks from a legitimate, licensed outlet, follow all safety advice and instructions, and to never play with fireworks, or underestimate their potential to cause injury."
Hackney Police is also urging residents to be vigilant when it comes to home security, with bonfire night falling on a weekend this year. Operations Chief Inspector, Audrey Shannon of Hackney Police, says: "If you’re going to a firework display, close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re not planning on being out for long, and ensure any outside gates are locked. If you have a burglar alarm, set it, and keep valuables out of sight. Keys should also be kept out of reach of letterboxes.
“Finally, leave some lights on in the evening and close your curtains or blinds, as this can put off would-be intruders".

Any information relating to the illegal sale of fireworks can be anonymously reported to Trading Standards on 020 8356 4929.

To contact the police, call 0300 123 1212, or in an emergency, call 999.

To contact Hackney Fire Brigade, call 08000 284 428, or in an emergency, call 999.