A CAMPAIGN is under way to stop the illegal sale of fireworks.
The aim is to stop fireworks falling into the hands of yobs who make people's lives a misery by setting them off in the streets in the run-up to Halloween and Bonfire Night.
The campaign has seen Calderdale police teaming up with West Yorkshire Fire Service and West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service.
Chief Insp Bill Hall, of Calderdale police, said: "We have sent letters to all those licensed to sell fireworks reminding them of the consequences of selling to people under the age of 18. They could face being prosecuted.
"Over the coming weeks we will be out and about reinforcing this message along with trading standards officers."
He said beat bobbies will be paying particular attention to shops selling fireworks.
He added: "As Bonfire Night approaches we get a number of calls from people alarmed or distressed by people misusing fireworks.
"A small number of people use them to frighten others, damage property and create the risk of injury, both to themselves and others.
"I would like to urge people to be responsible and considerate so that Bonfire Night can be enjoyed by everyone."
Halifax fire station commander Peter Bentley said: "I would like to encourage people to go to organised bonfire events to enjoy trouble-free celebrations."
Martin Wood, Chief Officer of West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service, said: "By sharing intelligence we will ensure that known hot-spot areas are targeted and this reinforces the message that the illegal sale of fireworks to underage youngsters will not be tolerated."
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