Leeds city council have issued an injunction to tackle firework misuse.
For years police have been called to various locations across Leeds in the run up to bonfire night, following reports of firework misuse. However, on October 12th an injunction was granted by Leeds City Council.
Not only does the injunction ensure that both Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police have the ability to take action against any individual or group that is found to be using fireworks in an anti-social manner, but it also orders that those disobeying may be held in contempt of court.
Regarding the decision Counciller Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive member for communities, said: “I am delighted to say that the injunction has been granted, and in doing so will not only provide us with additional tools to stop this type of reckless behaviour, but also with the powers to take quick and positive action against those involved.”
Has it worked?
Incidents are still occuring. In Hyde Park on Halloween fireworks were shot between two groups of people, and shortly after at a police car.
This isn’t the first incident to happen in the area either, I spoke to some residents who shared their opinions on whether or not fireworks should be sold to the public.
Tobias Williams, a student from Burley said, “It seems as though young teenagers are getting hold of them cheaply and letting them off all day. They are going off at all hours of the day and as a student trying to study from home it’s getting a bit annoying.”
“I wouldn’t mind if it was in a controlled environment with people taking measures and on one-off occassions but it’s the fact that they’ve been letting them off on our street and in the local park with no care for anyone else, which to me is quite dangerous.”
Recently a petition was launched to ‘Limit the Sale and Use of Fireworks to Organisers of Licensed Diaplsys Only’. Since its release the petition has gained over 80,000 signatures and numerous comments from social media users.
If it reaches 100,000 signatures then it will be considered for debate in Parliament.
Louisa Merrick-White, a graduate from Sheffield, has told me: “I think fireworks should be reserved for organised displays and not sold to the public. Children get woken up by them and in my local area we’ve had trouble with people lighting them and firing them at cars, business and police. Restricting the sale of fireworks to only organised displays would solve this.”
Mal (@malianth0ny on Twitter) said, “In my area, people set them off close to houses and woodlands which causes a massive potential fire risk! I think they should be regulated better and if you want to use them you should go on a course. You have to be trained and insured to paint someone’s nails and yet you don’t have to be to set off something so dangerous!”
Lastly, Billie (@BillieGeena on Twitter) also told me, “I’m a big believer that fireworks should only be available for events and you should need a license for them. Each year they cause harm to people and animals, they’re misused and are bad for the environment.”