Warning on bonfire night safety

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NORTH Yorkshire Police have appealed for calm this evening as Filey gears up for bonfire night.

They have issued a warning to residents ahead of what is typically one of the busiest nights of the year for emergency services, with reports year after year of fires, accidents and damage to property.

An organised display by Filey Lions is taking place this evening at West Avenue car park.

However, the police are taking a zero-tolerance approach to any firework-related trouble.

They have stated that it’s illegal to throw fireworks, to possess category four fireworks and to let them off between the hours of 11pm-7am, although the curfew begins at midnight on bonfire night itself.

Police have warned that anybody found behaving in an anti-social manner or found to be causing criminal damage could be issued with on-the-spot fines or even be arrested.

Pet owners are also advised to keep their pets indoors this evening, with PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Sean Wensley, saying: “The fireworks season is an incredibly stressful time for pets. We know why there are lots of loud bangs outside, but our pets don’t, which is very distressing for them. With a little preparation, owners can make a big difference and help minimise the anxiety that many pets suffer during the fireworks season.”