Dark Nights and Fireworks

Every year the Police, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and Sheffield City Council work very closely together and with partners to ensure that the Halloween and Bonfire Night period passes without incident. Operation Dark Nights is a joint initiative attracting additional resources to the key communities. This year Gleadless Valley and Abbeydale have been identified as two of these key communities.During this period you will see additional patrols on foot in both communities. Local providers will be putting on additional youth provision and diversionary activities some of which is being funded by South Yorkshire Police.

It is important that we all work together to ensure that you call all enjoy Bonfire Night safely. If you intend to buy fireworks please let them off safely and follow the firework code. Also, be aware of your legal responsibilities . Better still go to an organised display.

I would  like to take this opportunity to remind you of the law regarding the use and possession of fireworks. Everyone should take safety very seriously, however I would like to point out the following;

It is an offence for someone under 18 years old to be in possession of fireworks in a public place.
It is an offence for ANYONE to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am (except on specified dates like November 5 when the time is extended until midnight).
It is an offence for ANYONE to set off a firework in the street.
It is an offence for ANYONE to possess a Category 4 firework. (These are the larger ones produced and used in public displays.)

Officers from your local safer neighbourhood team will be conducting a number of operations throughout the next few weeks and we will actively prosecute anyone found committing any of the above offences.It is your responsibility to ensure that the fireworks you buy are used properly and that they are not intended for anyone under 18-years-old.


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