Calls for tougher firework rules in West Yorkshire
Firework banning orders could be introduced in parts of West Yorkshire which have become hotspots for noisy year-round and late-night celebrations.
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The orders are being discussed as officials in Bradford and Leeds work on plans to deal with the problem, after years of rising complaints.
There is also fresh cross-party support to convince the government to strengthen what councillors claim are “outdated” laws on selling and letting off fireworks. An inquiry by a Bradford council watchdog panel has concluded that, without changes to existing laws to encourage authorities to get tougher, tackling the issue could be an “impossible task.”
Among the suggestions are that the council introduces “public space protection orders” to prevent firework use in certain areas.
The inquiry spoke to police, the fire service, RSPCA, Trading Standards and scores of residents.
Its report says: “Large fireworks celebrations now appear to be happening more often throughout the year during the day and night, with the loud noise causing distress to people across the district.”
West Yorkshire Trading Standards officers have told the review that Bradford is a “hotspot” for complaints about the sale of fireworks to children.
Meanwhile, a second inquiry by Leeds City Council recommends that firework sales be restricted to certain retailers, and more is done to punish adults who buy them for children.
Teen seriously injured in Ackworth hit-and-run
A teenage girl has been seriously injured in a hit-and-run near Pontefract.
The 16-year-old was walking along a grass verge on Station Road in Ackworth when she was struck at about 16:45 on Wednesday.
Police said the vehicle involved, believed to be a flat-bed truck, stopped a short distance away from the scene of the collision before carrying on.
The victim was taken to hospital with serious head injuries which have been described as life-threatening.
Police are appealing for witnesses to get in touch.