Keeping Halloween a treat for all

29 October 2015 in Community safety
Newham Council, the police and fire brigade will be working together to ensure that Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night remain a treat for the borough’s residents.
Members of the council’s trading standards team will join officers from the London Fire Brigade in visiting the 24 shops licensed to sell fireworks in the borough to ensure the explosives are being stored correctly and they are only being sold to 18 year olds and over. These stores will then be revisited by underage test purchasers to ensure they are complying with the law. Those that fail the test could face prosecution.

Last year all the licensed firework retailers passed test purchase.

Over the next two weekends the council’s enforcement officers will also be patrolling the borough with members of the Enforcement Partnership Team, a squad of council-funded police officers. They will be targeting anti-social behaviour hotspots from  previous Halloween and Guy Fawkes weekends to crackdown on any inappropriate or dangerous behaviour.

The council’s noise nuisance team will also be on hand, as it is every weekend, to respond to residents’ complaints about parties or excessive noise that is causing a disturbance to local residents.

Ahead of the weekend the fire brigade and council’s street cleansing team will also be checking locations of potential bonfires and clearing any potential hazards from the borough’s streets and open spaces.

Councillor Unmesh Desai, cabinet member for crime and anti-social behaviour, said: “The next two weekends are meant to be about fun and enjoyment, but sometimes the actions of a small minority of people can ruin this for the whole community. Together with our partners in the police and fire brigade we will be working hard to  prevent this from happening.

“We want Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night to be memorable for all the right reasons. This is why we have been carrying out advance checks to ensure stores are acting responsibly. We will also have a highly visible presence on the streets to ensure people are enjoying themselves safely and not annoying or putting other residents at risk of harm.''

Rhys Powell, London Fire Brigade borough commander for Newham, advised residents: “The safest way to enjoy this holiday season is to leave the fireworks to the experts and go along to a professional display like the council’s Guy Fawkes Night event in Wanstead Flats on Sunday 1 November where you can enjoy the spectacle from a  safe distance.”