Fireworks

Home Department written question – answered on 21st November 2005.

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Photo of Stephen Williams Stephen Williams Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been for (a) breaking of the curfew for the use of category 3 and above fireworks and (b) the unlawful possession of category 4 fireworks since the Fireworks Regulations 2004 came into force, broken down by police force.

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

Fireworks Regulations 2004 came into force on 7 August 2004 and 1 January 2005, making permanent the Fireworks Regulations 2003 (Emergency Regulations).

Court statistics for 2004 will be available in late November and 2005 data will be available in autumn 2006.

Offences under the Fireworks Regulations 2004 (made under section 11 of the Fireworks Act 2003) for breach of the national fireworks curfew and the illegal possession of category 4 fireworks can also attract penalty notices for disorder. The numbers of penalty notices issued by police force area are provided in the following table.

Number of penalty notices for disorder issued for possession of a category 4 firework(86)by police force area, 2004 and 2005(87)
Police force area 2004 2005
Avon and Somerset
Bedfordshire
Cambridgeshire
Cheshire
Cleveland
Cumbria
Derbyshire
Devon and Cornwall
Dorset
Durham
Cumbria
Essex 1
Gloucestershire
Greater Manchester 4
Hampshire 1
Hertfordshire
Humberside
Kent 1
Lancashire 1
Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
London, City of
Merseyside 2
Metropolitan 1
Norfolk
North Yorkshire
Northamptonshire
Northumbria
Nottinghamshire
South Yorkshire 1
Staffordshire
Suffolk
Surrey
Sussex
Thames Valley
Warwickshire
West Mercia 1
West Midlands 1
West Yorkshire 1
Wiltshire
England 11 4
Dyfed-Powys
Gwent 1
North Wales 1
South Wales
Wales 1 1
England and Wales 12 5

(86) Offence created by Fireworks Regulations 2004 under s11 Fireworks Act 2003.

(87) January-July provisional data.

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