NOV 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Retailers Remember Rules for 5 November
across Coventry refused to fall for the bait when underage
children tried to buy fireworks from them in a sting operation by
trading standards officers.
shops were targeted by undercover kiddie cops, but every trader
refused to sell the fireworks.
month two separate retailers were caught out in a similar
operation designed to clamp down on the sale of cigarettes to
standards officers said they were delighted with the success of
the measures. It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the
age of 18.
Trading Standards officer Manjit Dhaliwal said:
we year we place special emphasis on visiting known retailers of
fireworks within the city to remind them of their obligations
under the Firework (Safety) Regulations 1997.
is a very time-consuming but worthwhile work and I’m pleased
our efforts have paid off.
still want to hear from any parent who would be willing for
their children to work alongside our officer to help ensure
retailers continue to act within the law.”
John McNicholas, cabinet member (Environmental Services), said:
willing to let their children, preferably aged around 14 and
looking their age or younger, take part in testing should call
John Thomas on 024 7683 1885 or Manjit Dhaliwal on 024 7683 1864.
year more children than adults are injured due to fireworks.
am pleased that the retailers we tested are taking their
responsibilities seriously and are not selling fireworks to
is good news in itself but not something we will become
complacent about – test purchasing is here to stay.”