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BONFIRE NIGHT

Alert message sent 04/11/2019 11:31:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police


Remember remember, the fifth of November…is tomorrow!

Whether you’re off out to a big display, hosting your own bonfire party, or staying indoors comforting pets, we’ve put together some valuable firework guidance that we think you’ll want to know.

If you’re not planning on doing anything this bonfire night, please share the information with friends or relatives who are.
  • Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer.
  • It is illegal to supply fireworks to persons under the age of 18.
  • Shops are not allowed to sell fireworks louder than 120 decibels.
  • It is an offence for under 18’s to have fireworks in a public place.
  • You should never throw or set off a firework in the street, onto a road or in a public place.
  • You’re not allowed to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am except on Bonfire night where the curfew is midnight to 7am. New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, the curfew is 1am.
  • Anyone caught causing a nuisance with fireworks will receive an instant fine and any fireworks found on a person under18 will be confiscated.
  • Never use any kind of accelerant i.e. petrol to start a bonfire.
  • Always inform your neighbours if you are using fireworks and be considerate.
  • Ensure your fireworks comply with British Standard 7114 or the European equivalents
Dealing with anti-social behaviour

We sometimes see a rise in anti-social behaviour in the days between Halloween on 31 October and Bonfire Night on 5 November. If you are worried about anti-social behaviour please follow the advice below:

Report anti-social behaviour on our website live chat between 8am-midnight. Alternatively you can speak directly to officers at community meetings or at your local police station.

Keep a diary of incidents of anti-social behaviour.  This gives us a history of events and can be used as part of the evidence gathering process

Information we receive from you can help us identify common issues, hotspot locations, repeat offenders and patterns of behaviour

We also work closely with partner agencies, such as local councils, housing providers and schools, to tackle issues jointly, giving us greater powers to improve people’s lives affected by anti-social behaviour.


 
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Peter Sturgeon (Police, Engagement Officer, Coventry)

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