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Shop in Preston shut down for ‘selling fireworks to under-18s’

Posted on - 4th November, 2017 - 6:22pm | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Crime, News, Preston City Centre

Police have shut down a shop near Preston city centre after allegations of under-18s buying fireworks.

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The shop in Manchester Road, opposite a shisha cafe, has been ordered to close for 48-hours.

Preston Police placed the closure order after it said it had received information from the public about the underage sales of fireworks.

The closure order has been released on social media but police have restricted the name of the shop for an unknown reason.

Using powers under the Crime and Policing Act 2014 the police pinned a closure order to the shop at 4.30pm on Saturday (4 November).

Closure order pinned in Manchester Road Pic: Preston Police
Closure order pinned in Manchester Road Pic: Preston Police

PCSO Stephen Connolly said there were also numerous reports of lit fireworks being fired by youths in Manchester Road and the surrounding streets.

He said: “This action is not one taken lightly as it requires authority from a Superintendent; the closure notice is directly as a result of reports and intelligence received from the public regarding the underage sales of fireworks and lit fireworks being thrown in the street and road of the immediate area.

“We would like to thank those people that have provided us with this information.”

Read more: Where to watch fireworks in and around Preston for Bonfire Night 2017

Preston Police sayd anyone suspecting retailers of selling fireworks to under-18s should report it via 101.

Note: An earlier version of this post implied the Premier store in Manchester Road was the shop served with the closure order. We are happy to clarify this was incorrect and have amended the post accordingly. Premier Stores remains trading as usual.

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