Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has said “Robust” legal action needs to be taken against those selling illegal fireworks in Derry .She was speaking as elected representatives continue to get complaints from across the city about the nightly scourge of fireworks and bangers being let off in local communities and the misery and fear that is causing for residents and family pets.
“The reality is that thousands of fireworks are being sold illegally in Derry and communities across the north. In many cases the people selling these fireworks are deliberately targeting young people. In turn a lot of young people are using fireworks unsupervised and irresponsibly resulting in many cases in serious injuries.
We know from the past that these fireworks are being sold out of houses, cars and young people going around areas selling them to them people of the same age from backpacks and holdalls all very cheaply.
A lot of positive work has been done in Derry over the last number of years to deal with the issue of selling illegal fireworks. And the availability of these dangerous items has been reduced. But sadly there are those out there who have no regard for local community and continue to be involved in this illegal trade.
I call on those who are engaged in this type of activity to stop and reflect on how their actions can cause serious injuries and harm. And urge anyone who has information to bring it forward to the police and those selling the fireworks need to be brought before the courts.