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Halloween and Bonfire Night advice

Published Thursday, 22 October 2015

Young people are being warned to take sensible precautions into the run up to Halloween and Bonfire night to make sure they have fun and stay safe.

Enfield Council, the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade will be working together to tackle deliberate fire setting and nuisance behaviour and make sure people stay safe during the run up to both events.

The council is also urging retailers not to sell eggs or flour to people under the age of 18 during Halloween week, to avoid potential problems associated with the “trick” element of Trick or Treating.

Trading Standards Officers will be visiting retailers who sell fireworks to check they are complying with their licence. They will be reminded that fireworks can only be sold to over 18s, and warning them they face prosecution if they fail to heed the warnings. Selling fireworks to children can result in a fine of up to £5,000.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “We aren’t killjoys and we want people to have fun, but we know that whilst many people enjoy taking part in the festivities surrounding Halloween and Bonfire Night, there are also other members of the public who would prefer not to be disturbed.

“Our job is to ensure everyone’s safety and we’re therefore reminding residents to be considerate of others when enjoying these festivities so that they go with a bang, but for all the right reasons.

"We will also be working with retailers who sell fireworks to make sure they are well aware of their responsibilities and making it quite clear that we will not hesitate to prosecute any who maybe daft and irresponsible enough to sell fireworks to children.”

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