Clarke raises fireworks concerns with PSNI

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
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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. 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 to members of the public. Speaking to Newry Times, Clarke said, “I have received complaints about fireworks being used and set alight in recent days 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 which are not registered or hold a licence to sell fireworks and are selling fireworks to young individuals.” “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,” he continued. “I have already spoken to the PSNI who have advised me that the PSNI will be carrying out a number of checks across the District regarding those retailers who are registered to sell fireworks and will also be investigating any retailers who are selling fireworks without a proper license,” Clarke added. 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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