Fireworks

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 29th November 2007.

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Question S3W-6643

To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been charged with fireworks offences in each of the last five years and, of these, how many have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted, specifying whether the charges involved (i) illegal purchase, (ii) illegal use or (iii) use as a weapon likely to cause human harm, broken down by police force area.

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party

The available information is given in the following table. Information in relation to other offences which involved the use of fireworks as a weapon is not identifiable within the available statistics. Statistics on persons charged by the police are not collected centrally.

Persons Proceeded Against for Fireworks Offences1, 2001-02 to 2005-06

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Police Force 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06
Central
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 - - - - -
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - - -
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 - - - - -
Dumfries and Galloway
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 - - 1 - -
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - - -
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 - 1 - 1 -
Fife
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 - - - - -
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - 1 -
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 - - - - -
Grampian
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 - - - - -
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - 1 -
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 - 1 2 - -
Lothian and Borders
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 - - - - -
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - 2 2
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 - 1 1 - -
Northern
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 - - 1 - -
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - 1 1
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 - - - - -
Strathclyde
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 1 - 3 3 4
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - 3 5
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 1 3 17 5 4
Tayside
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 - - - - -
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - - 3
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 - - 5 2 1
Scotland
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 1 - 5 3 4
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - 8 11
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 1 6 25 8 5

Notes:

1. Where main offence.

2. Offences under the Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997.

3. Offences under the Fireworks Regulations 2003 and the Fireworks (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

4. Offences under the Explosives Act 1875.

Persons with a Charge Proved for Fireworks Offences1, 2001-02 to 2005-06

Police Force 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06
Central
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 - - - - -
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - - -
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 - - - - -
Dumfries and Galloway
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 - - 1 - -
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - - -
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 - 1 - 1 -
Fife
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 - - - - -
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - 1 -
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 - - - - -
Grampian
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 - - - - -
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - 1 -
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 - 1 2 - -
Lothian and Borders
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 - - - - -
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - 2 2
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 - 1 1 - -
Northern
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 - - 1 - -
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - 1 1
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 - - - - -
Strathclyde
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 1 - 3 2 3
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - 3 5
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 1 3 14 4 4
Tayside
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 - - - - -
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - - 3
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 - - 4 2 1
Scotland
Sale of fireworks to under 18s2 1 - 5 2 3
Illegal use of fireworks3 - - - 8 11
Throwing fireworks in thoroughfare4 1 6 21 7 5

Notes:

1. Where main offence.

2. Offences under the Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997.

3. Offences under the Fireworks Regulations 2003 and the Fireworks (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

4. Offences under the Explosives Act 1875.

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