Reports of fireworks misuse in the Stornoway area

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As the fireworks season approaches police in the Western Isles urge the public to act responsibly during this time following a number of reports relating to firework offences in the Stornoway area.

Police received three reports from members of the public over the weekend in connection with anti-social behaviour and the misuse of fireworks by a group of youths.

Fireworks are dangerous explosives that must be purchased and handled by adults. It is an offence for young people to purchase, be in possession of or set off fireworks.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “As always we will be taking a tough stance in relation to fireworks and those found in possession of these items, if they are underage or deemed to be using them in an anti-social manner, will be dealt with appropriately.

“Police now have the power to search, and in certain circumstances arrest, without warrant, any person under 18 they believe may be in possession of a firework. There are also powers of arrest in relation to the inappropriate use of fireworks by someone over 18.”

He added: “Retailers should also be reminded that it is an offence to sell adult fireworks or sparklers to anyone under the age of 18 and failure to comply with these requirements can result in prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000 or a prison sentence of up to six months, or both.”