Fireworks

Home Department written question – answered on 16th February 2006.

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Photo of Anne Snelgrove Anne Snelgrove PPS (Lord Warner, Minister of State), Department of Health

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many penalty notices have been issued in relation to the illegal use of fireworks in each police force area since the legislation was introduced.

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 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 numbers of penalty notices issued by police force area for 2004 and provisional data from January to September 2005 are provided in the table.

Number of penalty notices for disorder issued for fireworks offences, by police force area, England and Wales 2004 andJanuary to September 2005
2004 January to September 2005 (provisional)
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 341 11 8 4 177 12 12 20

Source:

RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform

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