Fireworks Misuse

Home Department written question – answered on 24th January 2006.

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Photo of Shona McIsaac Shona McIsaac PPS (Rt Hon Alun Michael, Minister of State), Department of Trade and Industry

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices have been issued for the misuse of fireworks, broken down by police force area.

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

Offences under the Fireworks Regulations 2004 (made under section 11 of the Fireworks Act 2003) for breach of the national fireworks curfew, the illegal possession of category 4 fireworks and the possession by a person under 18 of an adult firework attract penalty notices for disorder, as well as the offence of throwing fireworks. The offence of throwing fireworks has been included in the penalty notice for disorder scheme since it was introduced nationally during 2004. The offences under the Fireworks Regulations 2004 were brought into the scheme with effect from 11 October 2004. The number of penalty notices issued by police force area for 2004 and provisional data from January to September 2005 are provided in the following table.

Number of penalty notices for disorder issued for fireworks offences, by police force area, England and Wales2004 and January-September 2005
2004 January-September 2005 (provisional)
Police force Throwing

fireworks

Breach of fireworks curfew Possession

of a category 4 firework

Possession

by under 18 of adult firework

Throwing

fireworks

Breach of

fireworks curfew

Possession

of a category 4 firework

Possession

by under 18 of adult firework

Avon and Somerset 1 1
Bedfordshire 2
Cambridgeshire 1 2
Cheshire 6 2
Cleveland 4 1
Cumbria 1 1
Derbyshire 3 1 1
Devon and Cornwall 6 4 2
Dorset 5
Durham
Essex 6 6 1 1 2
Gloucestershire 1 1 1
Greater Manchester 14 9 4 4
Hampshire 8 1 1 4 1
Hertfordshire 2
Humberside 5 1 1 2
Kent 7 2 1 2
Lancashire 11 1 1 14 2 1
Leicestershire 2 1
Lincolnshire 20 2 5
London, City of 1
Merseyside 56 1 26 2 1
Metropolitan 39 25 1
Norfolk 1 1
North Yorkshire 2 1
Northamptonshire 5 2
Northumbria 3
Nottinghamshire 1 2
South Yorkshire 5 8 1 1 4
Staffordshire 8 6 1
Suffolk 1 2
Surrey 2
Sussex 26 1 9
Thames Valley 23 3
Warwickshire 1 3
West Mercia 5 1
West Midlands 17 7 1 1
West Yorkshire 27 1 1 18 1 2
Wiltshire 1 1
Dyfed Powys 1 1
Gwent 8 1 1 1 1
North Wales 9 1 1 8 1
South Wales
England and Wales 332 10 7 4 177 12 12 20

Source:

RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform.

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