Campaigning for Safer Nights

 

Solihull Council is working with local organisations in a bid to lower anti-social behaviour and illegal sales of fireworks in the borough over the coming month.

The campaign, starting on Monday 17 October, will see the Council’s Trading Standards team co-operating with West Midlands Police and Fire Service officers to target illegal firework sales.

Test purchases will be carried out at local outlets while neighbourhood teams will make regular visits to retailers to remind them of current legislation.

The Council will be aiming to raise awareness of the danger of fireworks, the sale of illegal fireworks and unauthorised bonfires. It will also be encouraging residents to assist local authorities in tackling crime over the course of the campaign.

Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be communicating with local shops, asking them to limit the amount of eggs, flour and toilet roll sold to young people in a bid to combat anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Dicicco, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities and Partnerships, said: “Tackling anti-social behaviour over this period is really important. If we can limit this behaviour within the borough we can ensure that residents have a safe, exciting and enjoyable Halloween and Bonfire experience.

“Cracking down on the illegal sales of fireworks will improve levels of anti – social behaviour while keeping our events safe from poor and potentially dangerous products.”

Complaints about firework misuse in public places should be reported to the police on 0845 113 5000.

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