Illegal Fireworks

Home Department written question – answered on 30th January 2006.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fines have been imposed by the police for offences relating to fireworks in (a) West Lancashire constituency, (b) Lancashire, (c) the North West and (d) England and Wales since the Fireworks Act 2003 came into force.

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 four 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 offences under the Fireworks Regulations 2004 were brought into the scheme with effect from 11 October 2004 and the offence of throwing fireworks has been included in the penalty notice for disorder scheme since it was introduced nationally during 2004.

The numbers of penalty notices issued in Lancashire, the North West and England and Wales in 2004 and provisional data from January to September 2005 are provided in the table. It is not possible to separately identify Penalty Notices issued in West Lancashire constituency as data held centrally is not broken down to that level of detail.

Number of Penalty Notices for Disorder issued for fireworks offences, Lancashire police force area, North West Region and England and Wales, 2004 and January-September 2005 provisional data
2004 January—September 2005 (provisional)
Area Throwing fireworks Breach of fireworks curfew Possession of a Category 4 fireworks Possession by under 18 of adult firework Throwing fireworks Breach of fireworks curfew Possession of a Category 4 fireworks Possession by under 18 of adult firework
Lancashire 11 1 1 14 2 1
North West 82 1 1 1 49 2 6 7
England and Wales

332

10 7 4 177 12 12 20

Source:

RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform

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