Safety warning ahead of North-east fireworks events

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Police have urged people across the North-east to enjoy fireworks night safely.

Over the past few years new legislation has come into force to help ensure the safe use of fireworks and officers are keen to make the public aware of it, allowing everyone to enjoy the night safely.

Chief Inspector Kevin Wallace said: “Adults should be aware and make their children aware that it is an offence to supply a firework, either for payment or given freely, to any person under the age of 18.

“Furthermore, it is an offence for any persons under the age of 18 to be in possession of a firework in a public place.

“It is important to realise that not everyone is a fan of fireworks and their use should not encroach on anyone else’s quality of life.

“Please be aware of the legislation, follow the instructions on the box, do not misuse fireworks and be mindful of the safety of others, in particular young children and animals.”

He added: “Along with our community safety partners in all three local authority areas, we in North-east division are committed to keeping our communities safe and while we want everyone to have an enjoyable and safe night we would also ask residents across the North-east to demonstrate consideration for others.”