Arrests after fireworks are seized in Dungiven

Constable Mark France and Constable Brian Logue with the seized fireworks. 2110SJ88
Constable Mark France and Constable Brian Logue with the seized fireworks. 2110SJ88

Three women were arrested in Dungiven on Wednesday following the seizure of a “significant” quantity of fireworks worth an estimated £1,000 at a property in Main Street in the town.

The seizure, carried out shortly after midday by the Dungiven Rural Policing Team, included 44 12-pack of rockets, 19 5-pack fireworks, smoke bombs and various other rockets. The three women - aged 18, 46 and 71 and from the Dungiven area - were arrested on suspicion of having fireworks without a licence. They were released on bail pending further enquiries.

Police warn there is a fine of up to £5,000 for breaking the law in relation to fireworks, which require a licence, apart from indoor fireworks and sparklers.

Constable Mark France urged residents in Dungiven to help police tackle illegal firework use. “I would appeal to parents not to purchase illegal fireworks and to reinforce the personal safety message associated with use of legal fireworks,” he said.

Limavady Mayor, Sean McGlinchey says in recent days youths in Dungiven have been spotted throwing fireworks at each other across the street. He warned that someone will end up seriously injured.

Mayor McGlinchey also welcomed news police recovered a quantity of suspected mephedrone with a street value of approximately £3,000 at a property in the Sperrin Road area of Limavady last Friday.

“Anything that takes drugs off the streets is to be welcomed,” he said.

PSNI Insp. Jennifer Hudson said police are working proactively on the issue. “People in Limavady aren’t interested in drugs,” she said, adding this warning to

dealers in the area: “It’s only a matter of time before we catch you.”