Halloween Safety Message from the PSNI and Newry, Mourne and Down PCSP
In a joint Halloween Message, Superintendent Norman Haslett, PSNI and Cllr Alan Lewis, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) said, "The Police Service of Northern Ireland and Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) would like to wish everyone in our Council district a very safe and happy Hallowe’en, while also reminding everyone about the dangers that bonfires and unsafe and illegal use of fireworks can bring.
"If misused, fireworks can cause serious and life changing injuries, and we strongly discourage use of fireworks not bought from reputable, licensed dealers, or use of fireworks by those under 18. It is important to remember that it is illegal to possess, sell, handle or use fireworks if you do not have a licence and, if detected, you can be fined up to £5,000 for breaking the law.
"Bonfires can also present life-threatening dangers and both the PSNI and PCSP would like to remind residents to pay close attention to their own personal safety if they are near bonfires.
"We also urge the people of Newry, Mourne and Down to support our partners in the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service by reporting fly-tipped waste on public land for removal to prevent deliberate fire-setting, support the PSNI by preventing anti-social behaviour and knowing your children’s whereabouts, and support our NHS colleagues by keeping your family and community celebrations safe.
Finally, the PSNI and PCSP hope everyone in our Council District has a very happy and safe time celebrating Halloween."