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Yobs hurl fireworks from car window
POLICE are hunting yobs who hurled lit fireworks at passers-by from a car window.
The incident came as officers joined forces with Trading Standards to carry out an undercover sting on shops selling fireworks to underage youngsters.
Police were called at around 8.30pm on Tuesday following reports a Black Ford Fiesta was spotted travelling along Perry Street and Billericay High Street, with the youngsters inside hurling the fireworks from the window. No one was hurt, but police want to find those responsible.
It came as police and Trading Standards visited shops across the borough in Basildon, Billericay and Laindon to catch any traders illegally selling fireworks to under-18s. The sting saw an underage youngster – known as a test purchaser – sent in to stores to attempt to buy fireworks.
Out of the 14 shops visited, just one – in Billericay – sold fireworks to the youngsters, prompting a stern warning from police and Trading Standards.
Sgt Paul Costin, of Basildon police, said: “This incident with the car shows how fireworks, which get into the wrong hands, can not only be dangerous but create extra work for police.
“Although virtually all of the shops we visited did not sell to an underage youngsters, I am still disappointed that one did. One firework sold to an underage person, is one too many.
“It just takes one firework to get into the wrong hands.
“Wewill be continuing this operation in the run-up to Bonfire Night and want to warn traders to think again about selling fireworks to underage youngsters.”
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