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Have fun, but stay safe this Halloween and bonfire night

Date: 02/09/2008           Category: Community Safety

While many people see the annual Halloween celebrations as an excuse to dress up, play tricks and have fun, for some residents, particularly the elderly, it can cause distress and upset. Shop owners are also working with the Medway Safer Community Partnership and will challenge young people who attempt to buy eggs and flour who may have thoughts of using the sticky foodstuffs as a trick. And when it comes to ensuring bonfire night goes off with a bang then it just takes just a few careful and considerate steps. Fireworks may look bright and beautiful, they might have the wow factor when they light up the night sky but the illuminations in the wrong hands can be dangerous. Medway Trading Standards is focusing their vigilance on the illegal sale of fireworks to anyone under the age of 18. And while residents remember Guy Fawkes they should also remember throwing fireworks in the street or a public space is a criminal offence. Anyone caught could land themselves with a fine of up to £5,000, six months’ imprisonment or both. Residents should always try to attend an organised public bonfire celebration, Medway’s big free event at the Great Lines in Malborough Road, Gillingham, from 7pm. Remember if you are planning a firework display of your own to follow the Firework Code. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Enforcement Cllr Rehman Chishti said: “Medway Council does not want to spoil the fun of people enjoying the celebrations but what we would ask is for the community to think about how their actions could cause alarm and upset to others. “I would also urge anyone who witnesses someone behaving irresponsibly with fireworks or throwing eggs and flour to contact the council or the police.” For more information visit www.medway gov.uk/communitysafety.