ILLEGAL fireworks have been seized by police in a raid on a house.
Officers executed a warrant early on Sunday in Sidney Street, Boldon Colliery.
A quantity of fireworks which were being sold illegally were seized, and a man arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.
The activity is part of South Tyneside’s Darker Nights campaign, aimed at making the borough a safer place.
Officers are working with retailers and carrying out regular visits to those selling fireworks and speaking to young people to make them aware of the dangers of playing with fireworks.
Regular patrols are being carried out to target anti-social behaviour caused by the misuse of fireworks and illegal bonfires.
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Hudson said: “Anti-social behaviour caused by the misuse of fireworks is not just a nuisance, but can have a devastating impact on people and cause serious injury or worse.
“Throughout the Halloween and Bonfire Night period, officers will be carrying out regular patrols and speaking to young people to make them aware of the dangers of playing with fireworks, and making sure action is taken against anyone causing anti-social behaviour.
“We are also working with other agencies, such as the fire service and local authority trading standards.
“Officers will be making regular visits to retailers selling fireworks to make sure they are complying with regulations.
“Fireworks being sold illegally have the potential to fall into the wrong hands and to be used irresponsibly and dangerously, and those found to be selling fireworks illegally will have them taken off them.”
Further information about fireworks safety is available on the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service website, www.twfire.gov.uk