Home Department written question – answered on 2nd February 2005.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies PPS (Rt Hon Jane Kennedy, Minister of State), Department for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firework-related prosecutions occurred in (a) England and Wales, (b) Wales and (c) the South Wales Police Force area in (i) 2002, (ii) 2003 and (iii) 2004.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The available information from the Home Office Court Proceedings Database on prosecutions for firework offences are shown in the table.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates court for offences relating to fireworks, England and Wales, 2002–03(12)
South Wales


Wales England

and Wales

Offence description Principal statute 2002 2003 2002 2003 2002 2003
Throwing, casting or firing any fireworks in or into any highway, street, etc. public place Explosives Act 1875 S.80 Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol, etc.) Act 1985, S2A(1) 1 1 5 2 63 48
Being in possession of fireworks etc. in or when entering a designated sports ground 5 3
Contravention of regulations —offences under S.12 Consumer Protection Act 1987 Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997 18 3 20 6 272 170

(12)These data are on the principal offence basis

Statistics for 2004 will be available in autumn 2005.

Firework offences can also attract penalty notices. When penalty notices for disorder were introduced in 2003–04, under the provisions of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, they included the offence of throwing fireworks under section 80 of the Explosives Act 1875. Three further firework offences were added to the scheme from 11 October 2004. These were made under the Fireworks Regulations 2004 (under section 11 of the Fireworks Act 2003) and cover breach of the national fireworks curfew, the illegal possession of category 4 fireworks and possession of an adult firework by a person aged under 18.

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