Sarah Owen, MP for Luton North, today introduced a Bill aimed at tackling the misuse of fireworks and those breaking the law by setting them off late at night.
Responding to the concerns of residents who are greatly disturbed by the loud explosions, Labour’s Sarah Owen has introduced the Bill in order to toughen penalties for those setting them off past 11pm.
“I’m a mum to a wonderful little toddler and a proud owner of my lovely dog Hermann, so I know how much of a nightmare loud, noisy fireworks in the middle of the night have been for people across Luton.”
“I don’t think the current £90 fine for nuisance fireworks in the middle of the night goes far enough to deter people from setting them off constantly. After 11 years of damaging cuts to our local police by the Conservative government in Westminster, I don’t think our police have the resources and support they need to properly enforce the current laws on fireworks.”
“I’ve listened to local people, and I hope my Bill makes it through Parliament. I’ve got the support of our other Labour MP in the town Rachel Hopkins, but this new law can only pass through Parliament with the support of the Conservatives and other parties like the Liberal Democrats.”
“I’ll give it everything I’ve got to gain as much support for this law as possible. It’s common sense. I’ll listen to anything people in Luton North have to say about this, and I’ll make sure to put these stories directly to Ministers so please get in touch.”