'They could maim people for life' - Fireworks thrown in Shrewsbury
Police have warned someone could be maimed after 10 reports of fireworks being thrown into gardens over the past two days.
Sergeant Philippa Cookson of Shrewsbury Police has warned of the dangers posed by the actions, which they believe are being carried out by youngsters in the Harlescott and Sundorne area of the town.
She said that people caught breaking the law, by illegally possessing, using, or selling fireworks, would be prosecuted.
As a result of the incidents, which took place predominantly between11pm and 7am on Sunday and Monday, police have said they will be using stop and search powers to catch those responsible.
A dispersal notice has also been put in place on the area.
Sergeant Cookson said she wanted parents and shop owners to make sure that they are not providing youngsters with fireworks.
She said: “We have had reports of fireworks being thrown into gardens in 10 different locations over Sunday and Monday.
“We just want to get it out there that shop holders need to be careful who they are selling fireworks to and also for parents to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing.”
Sergeant Cookson warned of the dangers posed by improper use of fireworks, and said that people could be seriously hurt by the incidents.
She said: “Even if it gets stuck in a gutter there is the potential to set a house on fire. It is dangerous. They could maim people for life, including themselves.”
Sergeant Cookson said that officers would be increasing their presence in the area in an effort to reassure the public and prevent any repeat incidents.
She said: “We want to assure the public that we are aware of it and will be taking appropriate action.
“If we catch people doing this they are committing an offence and they will be dealt with accordingly.”
Police have also said that it is early for them to be receiving reports of incidents involving fireworks, with bonfire night not until November 5.
It was confirmed that the dispersal order remained in place for the Harlescott area yesterday with Shrewsbury Police tweeting: “Those committing anti-social behaviour will be directed to leave area.”