Police crackdown on youths throwing fireworks

Police tape
Police tape

ACTION is underway in a bid to prevent youths terrorising homes and businesses with fireworks in the build-up to Bonfire Night.

Police are organising initiatives to try and stop youths in Bolton and the surrounding area causing anti-social behaviour.

The move comes after officers last year received a number of calls about fake ‘black cat’ bangers been thrown in to businesses premises, gardens and even homes.

A spokesman for the Dearne Safer Neighbourhood Team said there had been a small number of incidents already involving fireworks being let off in people’s gardens.

He said: “There has been a lot of work behind the scenes to ensure there will be plenty to keep kids busy for a diversionary period of three weeks.

“There have been visits to the homes of known troublemakers in previous years and every school in the area has been visited by the SNT and representatives of the fire service to reiterate the message of the dangers of firework throwing.”

Activities lined up as part of Operation Brightlights - run in conjunction with Barnsley Council - include a visit to Blackpool, and to bowling alleys.

On Sunday there will be a party at Goldthorpe Youth Centre with magicians and food. The mobile youth van will also be out and about with officers running sporting competitions with prizes.

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