Resident calls for late night firework sales to be stopped

Baileys Court Shops

A local resident has called for late night firework sales to be stopped in order to prevent a repeat of a 2008 incident in which alcohol-fueled youths fired rockets at homes in the town.

The resident told the October meeting of the Bradley Stoke Safer and Stronger Group that numerous properties between Baileys Court and Stoke Gifford had been targetted after youths purchased alcohol and fireworks from the Tesco Express store at Baileys Court.

A manager at Tesco Express is said to have told the resident that the shop imposes no restrictions on the hours during which fireworks can be purchased, meaning that sales can continue until the store closes at 11pm.

The resident questioned the need for late night sales of fireworks and called upon the store to change its policy.

Scott Lahive, manager of the Willow Brook Centre, who was also at the meeting, mentioned that sales of fireworks at the centre’s Tesco Extra store cease at 8pm and suggested that something similar could be done at the smaller Tesco stores in the town.

Local police said they would visit the town’s two Tesco Express stores and discuss the matter with managers.

The ever-popular Bradley Stoke Firework Display, organised by Bradley Stoke Town Council, takes place this year on Sunday (8th November) at the Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road. Gates open at 4:30pm with the display starting at 6pm.

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