Clamp down on unruly behaviour in run-up to bonfire night

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Police and fire chiefs have warned they will not tolerate unruly behaviour over the bonfire period.

A “no-nonsense approach” will be taken against anyone found breaking the law or putting lives in danger.

Chris Joyce, Force Crime Prevention Officer for West Yorkshire Police said: “We are working in partnership with other agencies to keep communities safe.

“If fireworks are used in a sensible and supervised manner, they can be enjoyed by everyone. However, at this time of year, they can also cause problems if they are used inappropriately.

“We will clamp down on those who do flout the law and I would ask anyone who has information about people using or supplying fireworks illegally to contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The fire service is this year again promoting its “Gone in a Flash” campaign which gives a stark picture of how fireworks and bonfires can destroy lives if not used responsibily.

And crews will report anyone found contravening the law.

It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess fireworks in a public place or for anyone to throw or discharge a firework in a street or a public place.

An on-the-spot fine of £80 can be issued by the police for either of the above.

Ian Bitcon, Fire Safety Area Manager, said: “Fireworks in the wrong hands are extremely dangerous.

“We urge people to use their common sense to keep themselves and their families safe.”