YOU’RE in for a fright this Bonfire Night.

That’s the message from police in Ellesmere Port and Neston who are warning troublemakers that inappropriate use of fireworks or starting illegal blazes will not be tolerated.

Inspector Richard Rees said: “We have already seen incidents this year involving fireworks being misused, this type of behaviour is completely unacceptable.

“There is a very real risk that someone could be seriously injured, or worse, and we will be working hard over the coming weeks to restrict the opportunities for young people to get hold of fireworks and to take action against those who use them inappropriately.

“We will be working with Trading Standards to take steps to ensure retailers are adhering to regulations and will be out and about in the area to take action where there are problems.”

There are currently a number of laws in place to deal with offences involving fireworks.

The combination of the offences they include give police the power to deal with a range of offenders from those who throw fireworks in the street to stores who sell them to people under 18.

In addition anti-social behaviour laws, which see on-the-spot fines given to those who cause harassment, alarm and distress with their behaviour, can also be used.

Inspector Simon Roberts said: “The laws provide us with a good framework to take action against people who do not use fireworks in the correct manner and some of those laws carry long sentences, an arsonist can be sent to jail for life.

“Hefty fines can also be made and in some cases, there is no maximum limit.

“This should go someway towards showing people that the law takes the misuse of fireworks and the setting of fires extremely seriously and we will not hesitate to take action against anyone who breaks these laws.

“We do not want to take the enjoyment out of Bonfire Night but we ask that any celebrations are carried out in a sensible manner.”