Stolen Fireworks: Police Issue Warning

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Stolen Fireworks: Police Issue Warning

Gloucestershire Police and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service are warning members of the public to be wary if they are approached to buy fireworks.

The warning follows the theft of several thousand pounds worth of fireworks from a shop in Cheltenham's Evesham Road last night.

Urging people not to be tempted to buy fireworks that may be offered for cheap sale as a result of the theft, GFRS Group Manager Bob Allison said: "All fireworks should be bought from an approved supplier, always go to a store that you can trust and recognise. Never buy them from someone on the street or selling them in the pub or from the back of a van.

Some damage may have occurred to these fireworks during the process of them being stolen so they may now be unsafe. This could also be the case if they have been kept in inappropriate storage. Damaged fireworks can explode unpredictably and cause injuries and fatalities."

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the stolen goods, who knows the identity of the offenders or who saw suspicious activity in the area is asked to call Gloucestershire Police as soon as possible on 0845 090 1234. Please quote incident number 117 of November 1. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Posted : 02/11/2006 01:48:06

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