Remember, rememberâ€¦. Bonfire Night is coming around again â€“ where we all descend on cold, damp fields to watch multi-coloured explosions while we try to stay warm, wrapped up in our favourite winter coat and scarf.
A certain Mr Guy Fawkes was responsible for the Gunpowder Plot, commemorated on November 5th, when he and a group of associates attempted to blow up the Palace of Westminster in 1605 after smuggling several barrels of gunpowder into a cellar in the House of Lords. Sadly, this was long before the foundation of Crimestoppers so he missed out on being featured in one of our fugitive campaigns!
We want everyone to have a good time during Bonfire Night so thought it would be helpful to give you some pointers about offences relating to bonfires and fireworks.
Burning certain types of waste can be an offence under environmental legislation because burning the wrong materials can cause pollution or harm health:
We can advise you on what is considered an offence on Bonfire Night but if you want more safety advice regarding fireworks then you can get plenty of good advice from organisations like The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Sadly, any festival or celebration can bring with it people who want to cause trouble. Itâ€™s important to watch out for those who may be using fireworks recklessly or may be burning waste illegally. If you see anything and donâ€™t want to go to the police, you can contact us by calling 0800 555 111 or by giving us information online.