Merseyside Police, together with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and local councils, is working to promote firework safety and reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour over the autumn period.
With your support we can reduce the problems associated with this time of year by ensuring young people between the ages of 11-16 years are aware of the problems associated with, and the consequences of, such behaviour.
Please could you remind your pupils of the following important messages during assemblies, class registrations and/or through citizenship lessons:
Tricks that you play on people can be very frightening and can have serious consequences.
Some people feel that they have been targeted personally and may not leave their homes for weeks after a so-called ‘trick’ has been played on them.
Be aware of your actions.This time of year can be very frightening for the elderly and very young and can cause distress or lead to illness.If you have elderly relatives think about how you would feel if they felt frightened or intimidated by a so-called ‘trick’.
Local retailers are also offering their support by not selling certain household items to young people over this period e.g. flour, eggs, etc.
The police may arrest those responsible for anti-social behaviour and criminal damage
Some ‘tricks’ that you play on people could cause damage to homes and property. If this is the case, you may have committed a criminal offence and could be arrested and prosecuted.
Throwing missiles at houses, vehicles and people is an offence. If you are caught or reported to the police you could be arrested and receive a £60 fine or a criminal record.
If you are fined, even if you don’t have any money, your parents or guardian will have to pay the fine for you.
Fireworks are explosives and they are dangerous
If you are under 16 and found in possession of a firework, including bangers, you can be arrested and fined £60.This even includes carrying fireworks in your pockets.
You can also be arrested if you:
throw or light a firework in the street
make a bonfire in the street
cause injury, endanger or annoy others with a firework
Remember it is safer to go to an organised firework display
Don’t forget there are lots of great activities and events happening right across Merseyside that you can get involved in at this time of year.
You can find out what’s going on in your area and how to stay safe by visiting www.merseyside.police.uk/autumn-fun from 19th October 2016.
Do have fun with your friends but please enjoy this period safely and always respect others.