A LARGE haul of fireworks has been seized from a home in Preston, following a crackdown on youths “ruining people’s lives” on city estates.
Police raided an address in Moor Nook yesterday – the home of a man believed to have been selling fireworks to the gang behind a crime spree.
Officers had stepped up their fight against anti-social behaviour in Ribbleton by issuing a dispersal notice barring a number of children from the area, after officers were pelted with fireworks and punched.
The raid yesterday afternoon was a result of “community intelligence”, and police are now seeking an injunction on the man.
Inspector Paul McLernon, Fulwood neighbourhood officer, said the warrant was connected to the dispersal notices issued two weeks ago.
He said: “The person whose house we raided had been selling fireworks to the individuals involved.
“We seized a large quantity of fireworks, working with our partners in Trading Standards.”
He said no arrests had been made, but said police would be “speaking to the individuals concerned”.
He said: “The warrant was issued as a result of community intelligence, and the house searched at around 4.20pm.
“We were there for about an hour and recovered a quantity of fireworks.”
Inspector McLernon posted pictures of the haul on social media, following the execution of the Explosives Act warrant.
He said: “Along with our partners from Gateway and LCC Trading Standards we have removed a quantity of large fireworks.
“These have been seized and will be subject to further investigations.”
He assured neighbours that police “do listen to what you tell us”, and said they would “act to prevent anti-social behaviour which blights other residents’ lives”.
He added: “We will be doing further work with Gateway to obtain an injunction on the resident to prevent further anti-social behaviour.”
A dispersal order was issued a fortnight ago barring 10 children from the area following a crime spree in Waverley Park, when police blasted the youths who were “ruining people’s lives”.
Another dispersal notice was issued in the same week, after officers and members of the public had fireworks thrown at them in Ribbleton and Callon.
Neighbours thanked police on Facebook following last night’s raid.
Sarah Massey, commenting on the Preston Police Facebook page, said: “Thank you, it was like bombs going off on Saturday till 4am.
“This wasn’t just an odd rocket it was the huge multi shot ones.
“So selfish and ignorant for those living in the area.”