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Posted on 16:06:00 on 12th October 2017

Police in Wigton are urging people to be responsible with fireworks following a number of incidents of misuse in Wigton.

 

Over the fortnight, police have received numerous reports from members of the community of incidents where young people, aged between 12 and 17, have been setting off fireworks in High Street, King Street and Water Street car park.

 

Police believe the issue to be related a minority of local young people whose behaviour is having a detrimental impact of quality of life for the local community.

 

Police are also very concerned for the safety of those involved and local residents.

 

Sergeant Gill Atkinson said:

 

“The local community team will be working with local businesses that sell fireworks to avoid them falling into the hands of underage people. We are also in continuous engagement with local youngsters and will be advising them of the dangers they are putting themselves, and others, in by the antisocial misuse of fireworks.

 

“I’d also appeal to parents and guardians to ensure that they know what their children are doing, especially if they know they are using fireworks. Please help us to keep them safe.

 

“In the wrong hands fireworks can cause serious injury or damage.”

 

Anyone with information that may assist in identifying those responsible are asked to email 101@cumbria.police.uk or contact 101. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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