Officers will be out and about to help ensure Bonfire Night activities pass off safely and without alarm or distress being caused to nearby residents.
On the run up to Bonfire Night we have been asking retailers to display posters highlighting that they can’t sell fireworks to under 18’s and ensuring retailers know the legislation.
It is an offence for anybody under the age of 18 to have a firework in a public place or for anyone to throw a firework. We will also look to take action against anyone causing alarm or distress to people through their use of fireworks.
If anyone does experience crime or incidents on the night these can be reported through our website, via our secure online crime reporting form, or on the non-emergency number 101. If it’s an emergency – with someone at risk of being hurt or if a crime is happening there and then – this should be reported on 999.
Bonfire Night can be busier than usual in the call centre and people are advised to check our advice pages for information or to consider submitting non-urgent enquiries online via our online general enquiries form, or call at an alternative time where possible.
Please be aware that the law surrounding the cut-off point for fireworks extends from 11pm to midnight on Bonfire Night.
“…allowing everyone to get into the spirit of the occasion and have a fun and safe time."
Supt Peter Warren said: "Bonfire Night is a particularly busy time of the year for the police with lots of large scale events and an increase in the number of anti-social behaviour related calls.
The majority of revellers are out to have fun and not cause trouble but no one should accept being made to feel harassed, alarmed or distressed and, if this does happen, we can be contacted online or by calling us on 101. In an emergency call 999.
We aim to provide reassurance and support so people living in our communities feel safe whilst allowing everyone to get into the spirit of the occasion and have a fun and safe time."
Visit GOV.UK to read about the law around fireworks and displays.
Tips for staying safe this Bonfire Night: