MQT on 2007-12-12
Session date: 
December 12, 2007
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


My assessment is that there was a welcome reduction this year in the amount of crime and anti social behaviour in London in which the abuse of fireworks was a key factor. I believe that the joint GLA, MPS, LFB and London Councils work on this issue, particularly the focus on trading standards enforcement against underage sales, was crucial to this. What data do we have about the incidences of misuse of fireworks this year? Will you keep up the pressure next year to ensure that we don't return to the mayhem that we suffered in some areas such as Lambeth in 2006?


Answer for Fireworks

Answer for Fireworks

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes, the Halloween and fireworks initiative 2007, coordinated by the London ASB Board (chaired by my Director for Equalities and Policing, Lee Jasper) supported a multi-agency pan-London response to tackling the anti-social behaviour associated with the Halloween and firework period and raise awareness of firework safety. Every London borough engaged in the initiative with a wide variety of action taking place across the capital. This included a requirement and commitment from every Safer Neighbourhoods team in London to extend their regular working hours to cover peak periods and engage with young people in their borough to deter unwanted behaviour and provide crime prevention and safety advice. Safer Neighbourhoods were also key in distributing the publicity materials, championed by the GLA, LFB and MPS.

Trading Standards played an important role in reducing anti-social behaviour and ensuring the safety of fireworks. Working with local partners, a number of test purchase operations were delivered across London to reduce illegal and underage sales and in close liaison with the LFB retailers were visited to ensure the safe storage of fireworks ' most premises were found to be compliant and far fewer problems regarding safe storage were encountered compared with previous years. Overall, reports of rowdy and inconsiderate behaviour during the key period reduced by 12 per cent. There was a seven per cent reduction in residential burglary and 30 per cent decrease in street robbery. Whilst there was a rise in fireworks complaints over the period (43 per cent), this rise in calls is believed to reflect the awareness raised by the initiative leading to more reporting, an increase in public inclination to report ASB and an increase in confidence that the police will respond.

I am committed to enhancing this partnership approach in 2008 ' building on the good practice from across London.