Sunderland police step-up bonfire patrols

Bonfire Night can be fun, but must be safe and legal.

Bonfire Night can be fun, but must be safe and legal.

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POLICE are stepping up patrols to help keep the city safe over bonfire weekend.

Officers will be targeting known trouble hotspots to help drive out trouble in known areas as well as reassure residents.

Chief Inspector Steve Readdie said: “Officers are on foot patrols in areas which have been affected by problem behaviour.

“We want to get the message across that anti-social behaviour involving fireworks will not be tolerated.

“The law is quite clear. Under 18s are not allowed to buy fireworks and retailers need to ask for proof of age identification if they are unsure.

“If children have fireworks they could injure themselves or others by misusing them.”

Adults are being reminded it is illegal for under-18s to be in possession of fireworks as well as buying them.

People who break the law and sell fireworks to children can face up to six months in prison and fines of up to £5,000.

People can also be fined up to £5,000 for throwing a firework in a public place.