Shops across the borough have promised to extinguish trouble this Halloween and Bonfire Night by pledging to be ‘Good Guy’ retailers.
The ‘Good Guys’ scheme, sees traders sign up to range of measures around the safe sale of fireworks to ensure people stay safe during the autumn celebrations.
Shops in the scheme, including high street names like Tesco and ASDA, have all agreed to operate challenge 25, to only sell fireworks between 15 October and 10 November and to ensure all their fireworks bear the British safety standard.
Businesses in the scheme will display certificates to let people know that they are certified ‘good guys’ retailers.
A Rochdale Borough Council initiative, Good Guys runs alongside Operation Treacle, a Greater Manchester wide scheme, which sees police, fire and council officers work together to combat anti-social behaviour around Halloween and Bonfire Night.
To support this, test purchase exercises are taking place in shops across the borough, with anyone caught selling fireworks to children potentially facing a fine of up to £5,000 or six months imprisonment.
Police and fire officers will also be visiting retailers in the run up to Bonfire Night advising on issues around anti-social behaviour and how to store fireworks safely.
Councillor Jacqui Beswick, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “Halloween and Bonfire Night are an enjoyable time but can easily be ruined if people misuse fireworks. Our priority is to protect people from harm and to ensure everyone has a safe and peaceful celebration.
“We would also encourage residents to attend one of the three fantastic bonfires and fireworks displays we have organised across the borough. That way they can enjoy a first class display in a completely safe environment.”
Geoff Knowles, a Director at the All-In-One Garden Centre, one of the members of the scheme, said: “We’re really pleased to be a member of this scheme. We always advise people about the safe use of fireworks and test all our fireworks ourselves before we sell them to the public. It’s important that people know where to go because this time of year can so easily be ruined by irresponsible sellers.”
For more information on work taking place to keep people safe this Halloween and Bonfire Night and for top safety tips, please visit www.safe4autumn.com
For more information on events happening in Rochdale borough, please visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/events
The following retailers are signed up to the Good Guys scheme:
Bulldog Fireworks Displays, Lower Whittle Farm, Doctor Fold Land
Morrisons, Dawson Street
All in One Garden Centre, Rochdale Road
Middleton News, Unit 4G Middleton Shopping Centre
Lidl, Spotland Road
Aldi, Entwistle Road
Express Mart, Whitworth Road
The Range, Kingsway Retail Park
Asda, Kingsway Retail Park
Aldi, Edinburgh Way
Tesco, Silk Street
Co-op, Station Road, Littleborough
J&S Wilkinson, Rochdale Road, Milnrow
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