Police issue warning to mischief makers on Bonfire Night

5 November 2011

BonfirePeople causing anti-social behaviour over Bonfire Night can expect a swift response from North Yorkshire Police.

As well as having extra patrols out to deal with problems quickly, police are asking everyone to play their part to ensure that bonfire night passes peacefully and that people don’t use the night as an excuse to cause anti-social behaviour.

Parents are asked to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing. They are also asked to make sure that youngsters know the dangers of playing with fireworks, not only to other people, but also to themselves.

North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be working together to ensure that any illegal fires are quickly extinguished and those responsible for starting them are dealt with rapidly.

Sergeant Daniel Spence, of North Yorkshire Police, said:

Police will not tolerate any behaviour that causes problems in our communities and will deal with those responsible robustly.

As well as stepping up patrols across the county, officers have also been visiting schools to explain to pupils that not everyone enjoys this time of year and it can raise the fear of crime.

Useful information

Firework Facts

It is illegal for under 18s to buy fireworks, shops should refuse to sell to people under 18 and ask for proof of age if there is any doubt.

It is against the law to carry or use adult fireworks if you are under 18. An adult firework is any firework except a cap, cracker snap, novelty match, party popper, serpent, sparkler or throw down

Under the Explosives Act of 1875, It is illegal to let off or throw a firework in a public place.

It is illegal to sell fireworks form unregistered/licensed premises.

Don’t light fireworks after 11pm, or midnight on 5 November, 1am on New Year’s Eve, Diwali or Chinese New Year.

No one of any age should be in possession of a category four firework unless you are a professional display organiser.


Some Safety Advice for Children


  • Only trick or treat in your own neighbourhood unless you’re with an adult
  • Stay in well lit areas where there are plenty of houses
  • Make sure an adult knows the area you plan to visit and what time you’ll be back
  • Look out for ‘no callers please’ posters and respect your neighbours
  • Keep to pavements and trick or treat on one side of the street before crossing safely to the other side – don’t criss-cross


  • Don’t cut through back alleys, ginnels or fields, and don’t trick or treat too far from home
  • Don’t go alone – take an adult with you or stay in a group
  • Wait to eat any treats until you get home so that an adult can check them

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