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MPs urging for fireworks ban

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Kettering MP Philip Hollobone is hoping to convince ministers during a parliamentary debate tomorrow to look again at the law surrounding the sale of fireworks to the public.

Mr Hollobone believes legislation should be changed so that fireworks are only sold for the purpose of public displays, which he says will reduce anti-social behaviour and the pressure on emergency services.

He called on the Leader of the House of Commons to hold a Parliamentary debate on the issue, which will be heard at 12.30pm tomorrow.

The Evening Telegraph is calling on readers to call us with their questions which Mr Hollobone will ask on their behalf.

Mr Hollobone said: "This is the time of year when all three emergency services and local accident and emergency units prepare themselves for the thousands of cases of harassment, alarm, distress and physical injury caused by the sale and inappropriate use of fireworks."

The issue has sparked debate among Evening Telegraph readers, with many supporting Mr Hollobone's efforts.

He said that because the Government does not seem inclined to change the law, shopkeepers should be discouraged from selling fireworks.

But not everyone agrees.

Jaswinder Mann, of Linnett Newsagent, Sheep Street, Kettering, said if he had the right storage facilities for fireworks, he would sell them.

He said: "I think it's wrong.

"There are tough guidelines on who you can sell fireworks to and as long as they are being observed, what more can shops do?

"You could say the same thing about cigarettes and alcohol – all these products have guidelines and fireworks aren't any different.

"The minority of people who are abusing fireworks shouldn't dictate to the majority.

"Let the majority who are using them safely go ahead and enjoy their day. Stiffer penalties need to be given out to those causing trouble so it acts as a deterrent."

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