Combating ASB during Halloween and Bonfire Night

To combat anti-social behaviour around Halloween and Bonfire Night our officers have been visiting schools across the borough to talk to young people about keeping themselves safe and staying out of trouble. At this time of year we see an increase in calls relating to anti-social behaviour especially from the elderly and the vulnerable. Working with young people to raise awareness of how ASB impacts on the lives of people in their community is just part of the work being done in Solihull.

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On the key evenings there will be increased partnership patrols. The ‘All Out Evenings’ have been successful in Solihull for a number of years now. Neighbourhood Policing teams are joined by local councillors, SMBC neighbourhood services, youth services and this year we will have extra support from our wonderful Street Watch volunteers. Vulnerable areas are identified and the partnership patrols provide prevention and reassurance in the community.#


Do you know the law around Fireworks?

You can’t buy ‘adult’ fireworks if you’re under 18, and it’s against the law for anyone to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on certain occasions.

Adult fireworks are category 2 and 3 fireworks – they don’t include things like party poppers.

Category 4 fireworks can only be used by professionals.

The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.

You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except for:

  • Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
  • New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am

Buying fireworks

You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:

  • 15 October to 10 November
  • 26 to 31 December
  • 3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year

At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops.

You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.

You can visit WMP online for further advice

West Midlands Fire Safety Leaflet




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