Alliance Councillor Clarke Raises Fireworks Concerns With PSNI

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Alliance Councillor Patrick Clarke has contacted the PSNI to clamp down on retailers selling fireworks to members of the public who do not have a valid fireworks license.

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Councillor Clarke is also concerned regarding a number of businesses which are also illegally selling fireworks who are not registered or hold a licence to sell fireworks.

He said: “I have received complaints about fireworks being used and set alight in recent days in the Newcastle area which has been causing some distress to local residents particularly those with pets.”

“There is some concern that members of the public are purchasing fireworks from local businesses selling these fireworks and they are not registered.

“The law governing the sale and use of fireworks in Northern Ireland is very clear. If you want to purchase, possess and use fireworks (except indoor fireworks and sparklers), then you must have a valid fireworks licence.

“Retailers of fireworks must also be registered and have a valid fireworks license and should only sell fireworks to those members of the public who have a license which has been issued from the Department of Justice.”

The PSNI will be carrying out a number of checks on fireworks retailers across the District Cllr Clarke has been advised.

Any retailer or member of the public who wishes to get more information regarding obtaining a fireworks licences can contact the fireworks helpline on 0300 200 7881 or log onto:

www.nidirect.gov.uk/fireworks

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