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Firework traders handed community orders for selling without licence

Traders in Lichfield and Tamworth who sold fireworks they were not licenced to stock have been handed community orders after being prosecuted by the county council.

The offences took place in autumn 2015 when both stores were visited by county council trading standards officers. Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said it was a priority to keep people safe and that the trading standards team continually worked with businesses to support them to trade responsibly.

In October and November 2015, officers visited Elite Fireworks in Tudor Row, Wade Street, Lichfield, where powerful fireworks were being sold without licence. This week Iain Crow, aged 38, of Norfolk Way, Nuneaton and 39-year-old Paul Lyon, of Nuthurst Crescent, Nuneaton, pleaded guilty to eight offences for breaching Explosives Regulations 2014 and one offence under Health and Safety at Work Act. The District Judge at North Staffordshire Justice Centre ordered both to serve community orders of 12 months with a requirement to complete 200 hours of unpaid work each. He also ordered them to pay £60 victim surcharge and £1,211 costs each.

In November 2015 officers also visited Lakeside Stores Limited at 1 Swift, Lakeside, Tamworth, where fireworks were being sold without the correct licence. Store owners Aaron Dhaliwal, aged 25, of Dhaliwal Coach House, Grendon, Atherstone, and Charanjeev Purewal, aged 26, of Trinder Road, Smethwick, this week pleaded guilty to three offences for breaching Explosives Regulations. The District Judge ordered them to serve a community order of 12 months with a requirement to complete 200 hours of unpaid work each. He also ordered them to pay £60 victim surcharge and £1,211 costs each.

Gill Heath added:

We know the devastating effects of not storing fireworks correctly and by breaching safety regulations, these stores put members of the public and employees at risk. It is vital that businesses selling fireworks act responsibly, storing them safely and holding the correct licence. We are pleased with the results of both cases. The trading standards team makes every effort to keep people safe in the run-up to the firework season each year.”

In both cases, all seized fireworks will be destroyed. The sentences took place on Tuesday.