POLICE have sent a warning regarding the abuse/misuse of fireworks, as officers have started to get complaints of anti-social behaviour with regards misuse of fireworks by the youngsters in the Cheadle community.
Officers had a complaint at 10.55pm, Sunday, October 13, on Queen Street, Cheadle, about four youths setting off fireworks in the road aiming them at Cars and Houses.
PC David Stubbs, of Cheadle Police said: "I would like to remind people how dangerous fireworks are in the wrong hands and that they should be respected and used properly.
"I would ask that anyone who knows who the youths are and witnessed their actions to come forward and speak with me.
"Fireworks are not toys and I would like to remind the public and ask parents to speak with their children about the dangers of fireworks and point out that it is a criminal offence for a person under the age of 18 to be possession of a firework in a public place."
It is an offence to set off fireworks between the hours of 11pm and 7am with the exception of Bonfire Night, Diwali, New Years and Chinese New Year when you cannot set fireworks off between 1am and 7am.
The minimum age to purchase and be in possession of a firework in a public place is 18 years. It is an offence for anyone to throw a firework into any Highway, street or other public place.
This is an offence that you could be arrested for and can be punishable by a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment and/or a hefty fine.
Police Officers also have the powers to issue offenders with a fixed penalty notice of £90 at their discretion.
Officers from the Neighbourhood Team, supported by Special Constables in the run up to and the days after Bonfire Night, will be actively patrolling to identify persons causing anti social behaviour with fireworks and they will take positive action against any offenders.