Last year Bonfire Night in Fife was busy and officers dealt with an increase in antisocial behaviour and firework-related calls.
This year, we continue to ask members of the public to be vigilant and report any antisocial behaviour or disturbances to police.
Illegal firework activity can cause major disruption to local communities and upset to the public, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable.
It is very dangerous for children to play with fireworks and we are therefore asking parents to check where their children are and what they’re doing, as well as talk to them about the potential consequences of being involved in the irresponsible use of fireworks.
We would like to remind people that it is illegal to supply fireworks to persons under the age of 18 and any fireworks found on a person under 18 will be confiscated.
A robust approach will be adopted by the police and anyone found to be misusing fireworks will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal or the Children’s Reporter, as appropriate.
It is an offence for fireworks to be set off in a public place, such as the street or a roadway. If you break the law on fireworks you could potentially face a prison sentence or receive a substantial fine.
Chief Inspector Irene Ralston, Local Area Commander for West Fife and the divisional lead for antisocial behaviour under Operation Prevail, said:
“Bonfire Night can be a great night however we would urge the public to enjoy the celebrations at one of Fife’s organised displays.
“We would ask that you speak to the young people in your life regarding firework misuse so they don’t risk injury to themselves or others, damage someone’s property or risk being charged with an offence.
“To report antisocial behaviour or firework misuse, please contact Police Scotland on 101, always dialling 999 in an emergency or when a crime is ongoing. Alternatively, you can report information anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Please visit the www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/fireworks-safety for more information.