Firework offenders to be fined

POLICE have today issued a new warning over the laws surrounding the use of fireworks.With Bonfire Night fast approaching, they will be clamping down on anyone seen breaking the law and have reiterated the regulations, designed to ensure everyone has a safe and happy weekend.

POLICE have today issued a new warning over the laws surrounding the use of fireworks that mean anyone caught messing around with them can be hit with an £80 on-the-spot fine.

With Bonfire Night on Sunday, police will be clamping down on anyone seen breaking the law and have reiterated the regulations, designed to ensure everyone has a safe and happy weekend.

Ipswich MP Chris Mole has called on police to make full use of on-the-spot fines.

He said: “While fireworks can mean family fun, Ipswich parents know that in the wrong hands fireworks can be very dangerous.


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“I've heard of cases where families have been disturbed late at night, children have been threatened by fireworks or older people and those with pets feel trapped inside their homes.

“That's why we need to make sure that fireworks are enjoyed safely and not endured in silence.

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“Laws are in place to crack down on those people who use fireworks to terrorise others and I want to see Suffolk police take action where necessary.”

Officers can use the fixed penalty notices to clamp down on people misusing fireworks, under 18s caught in possession of fireworks and adults found with high-powered display fireworks.

It is also illegal to set off fireworks after 11pm at night - with four exceptions.

On November 5 the deadline is midnight, while on the day of Diwali, Chinese New Year and New Year's Eve it is 1am the following day.

County councillor Russell Harsant, who represents Bixley, said he is also keen for police to ensure relevant laws are adhered to.

“People who let off fireworks indiscriminately or dangerously need to be aware that they will be punished,” he said.

“Fireworks are obviously a hazard to the well-being of anyone who plays around with them.

“I personally think we have reached a time when fireworks should only be allowed to be let off at specific times at specific places,” he added.

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