MQT on 2006-12-13
Session date: 
December 13, 2006
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What analysis of anti-social behaviour and criminality in the misuse of fire works has been made by the MPS? What information do you have available about warnings, PCNs and arrests made in the run up to Bonfire night? On how many occasions did the police take enforcement action against traders?


Answer for Fireworks

Answer for Fireworks

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have been informed by the MPS that between 1 January 2005 to 30 November 2006 there were 524 offences recorded, which involved the misuse of fireworks. Of these, 75% were for criminal damage offences, with the majority of offences taking place during October and November. This suggests that 1 in about 5,000 offences are crimes of this nature. The MPS analysis indicated that there is no discernible geographical pan 'London pattern in terms of the misuse of firework offences per borough. There is no information available on the numbers of warnings, PCNS and arrests made.The MPS also state they cannot provide a definitive number of occasions when enforcement action was taken against traders. However, they do provide examples of enforcement action being taken as part of the Challenge 21 programme that is undertaken in partnership with some local authorities; this includes Sutton, Westminster and Southwark, who have conducted test purchase operations and checked that traders were complying with legislation (e.g. storing fireworks correctly and keeping registers of cases where fireworks were refused on the grounds of age). Southwark also has a designated Arson Reduction Officer.