Sky lanterns and balloon launches are banned by council

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SKY lanterns and mass balloon launches have been banned by a council.

Winchester City Council has adopted a policy banning the releases from its land, which stretchs to Denmead and Bishop’s Waltham.

It comes amid concerns of lanterns starting fires and the risk of plastics to wildlife.

The ban covers the council’s open spaces and parks. Hampshire County Council agreed to a ban last year.