Crackdown on Hackney traders over the illegal sale of fireworks to youngsters

Undercover op to catch retailers who flout law

Police and council trading standards officers have been working together to crack down on traders selling fireworks illegally to anyone aged under 18.

Checks on retailers who flout the law have been carried out in the run-up to Guy Fawkes night tomorrow (Friday), using police cadet decoys to make test purchases.

Shopkeepers caught selling fireworks to under-age customers, or who do not have a special licence, face prosecution.

Young people found in the street in possession of fireworks have been warned they can be fined �80, or jaile dif their actions cause harm or injury to others.

“Fireworks can cause serious accidents when in the wrong hands and the illegal sale of fireworks to young people is irresponsible, unacceptable and dangerous,” said Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods.

“This operation sends out a clear message that the council will not tolerate illegal sales and will take action against any shopkeepers willing to flout the law.”

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Hackney’s fire chief has also warned residents holding fireworks parties in their backyard not to underestimate the dangers.

“We encourage residents to attend properly organised displays, but where residents choose to organise their own, we urge them to buy fireworks from a legitimate, licensed outlet, follow all safety advice and instructions and never play with fireworks, or underestimate their potential to cause injury,” said Commander Graham Howgate, based at Shoreditch fire station,