Police issue bonfire warning

David Sanderson

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RESIDENTS are being warned to be on their guard around bonfires and fireworks.

Hampshire Police have asked anyone holding a celebratory event to be aware of safety, ensure their bonfire is properly managed, and be considerate of others.

The force says police officers and police community support officers will be on patrol to ensure unauthorised bonfires are not lit, and that legitimate fires are not allowed to get out of control.

A number of Special Constabulary officers will also be out on patrol.

Police say penalty notices – cash fines – for disorder can be issued for serious anti-social behaviour offences, such as throwing fireworks.

A spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘Police officers will be targeting hotspot areas to ensure that people are respecting others in their local neighbourhood.’

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