Body-worn cameras to be used in police crackdown on firework yobs

Police have warned firework yobs they are stepping up patrols in the run-up to Bonfire Night, and will be using body-worn cameras to gather evidence.

Friday, 18th October 2019, 6:13 pm
Updated Monday, 21st October 2019, 5:04 pm
Inspector Colette Fitzgibbons

Officers in the south west of the city have also described how test purchases are being carried out and children are being warned at school assemblies of the dangers.

And they have urged members of the public to help them by reporting any fireworks being let off close to roads in an anti-social manner.

Inspector Colette Fitzgibbons, of the Sheffield South West neighbourhood policing team, said: “We do have patrols out and they will increase even more as we get closer to Bonfire Night. Our staff will be wearing body worn cameras to capture as much evidence as we can.

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“We are aware that certain areas need more focus than others and patrols will be directed accordingly.

“All the firework shops are have had a visit this week so they know what the licensing conditions are and our expectations.

“There will be test purchasing next week with regards to firework sales.

“The schools officers will be in the relevant schools doing assemblies.

“We are doing daily scanning of incidents to find out where our focus needs to be.

“So what can you do? Please report to us if there are fireworks that are being fired near to roads or in an anti-social way.

“With the best will in the world, with the staffing we have, we cannot answer all calls that fireworks are being let off so we need to concentrate on the dangerous use of them. Ring 101 or report online. This will mean that even if we cannot get out straight away, it helps us to build up a picture.

“If you become aware of a location which appears to be selling underage fireworks, we certainly want to know about that. Ring 101, report online or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”