Shops in Leicestershire given firework sales warning

Retailers in Leicestershire are being warned they face up to six months in jail or a £5,000 fine if they sell fireworks to children.

The county council's trading standards officers are carrying out spot checks to ensure shops comply with the law.

They are also carrying out inspections at stores to ensure fireworks meet safety requirements and are legal.

More than 200 stores are registered with the county council to allow them to sell fireworks.

Dave Bull, head of trading standards, said: "We want people to enjoy Bonfire Night in safety - that's why we're taking action to curb illegal sales and check that fireworks are stored safely.

"We're working with the police, fire and rescue service and district councils to identify problem stores and stop anti-social behaviour caused by fireworks."

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