Home Department written question – answered on 1st March 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 penalty notices have been issued in relation to the illegal use of fireworks in (a) West Lancashire and (b) the Lancashire police force area since the relevant 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 Lancashire police force area for 2004 and provisional data from January to September 2005 are provided in the table. It is not possible to identify the number of Penalty Notices for Disorder issued in West Lancashire police force area as centrally available data is not broken down to that level of detail.

Number of Penalty Notices for Disorder issued for fireworks offences, Lancashire police force area 2004 and January–September 2005
Throwing fireworks Breach of fireworks curfew Possession of a Category 4 firework Possession by under 18 of adult firework
2004 14 2 1

2005 (provisional)

11 1 1 1


RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform

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