Rosie Cooper MP has backed laws that mean yobs misusing fireworks are fined £80 on the spot.
The police can use Fixed Penalty Notices to deal with individuals setting off fireworks in a public place after the 11pm curfew, youngsters under the age of 18 caught with fireworks, and adults found with high-powered display fireworks. It is also illegal for youngsters to carry adult fireworks in a public place.
Offenders who refuse to pay the £80 fine will face an increased fine and court action. For the most serious fireworks offences, the police will retain the power to prosecute offenders with penalties of a £5,000 fine and/or six months in prison.
“Many parents in West Lancashire know that in the wrong hands fireworks can be very dangerous. I’ve heard of cases where families have been disturbed late at night, children and animals have been frightened by the fireworks and elderly relatives felt trapped inside their homes afraid to go out. That’s why we need to make sure that fireworks are enjoyed safely and without terrorising people in their own homes.”
“The police have the power to fine those who cause disturbance late at night, let off fireworks in the street and to fine youngsters who carry fireworks in public. I know that fireworks concern many people in West Lancashire, especially in the run up to and after Guy Fawkes night. I agree with them that controlling fireworks matters."
“Now I want to see action on this issue. That’s why I’m calling on the police in West Lancashire to crack down on those people who use fireworks to terrorise others.”