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Enjoy Halloween, Diwali and Bonfire Night safely this autumn

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Stay safe this autumn

Published: 29 October 2021

We want everyone to be able to safely enjoy Halloween, Diwali and Bonfire Night in Westminster this year, that’s why we have re-launched our Autumn Nights campaign.

Halloween and Bonfire night, and the days running up to them, are traditionally some of the busiest nights of the year for our antisocial behaviour case officers, the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade (LFB) and other agencies.

This is why we have launched our Autumn Nights campaign to make sure everyone has the information they need to enjoy it safely.

We are working with our community safety partners, the Metropolitan Police and (LFB) to urge communities in Westminster to do their bit this Autumn.

To help prevent antisocial behaviour and the misuse of fireworks across our estates, we are:

  • putting up posters in hotspots and across Westminster estates with advice and information  
  • increasing highly visible estate inspections, some with Police to search for weapons and potential fire hazards
  • working with youth, community, and residents’ groups
  • providing Police with temporary access to CCTV
  • warning given to individuals on the radar of services for ASB about the strong tenancy enforcement measures that may be taken if residents do not comply with safety measures
  • the strong tenancy enforcement measures we may take if residents choose to do the wrong thing

To keep our estates safe, we ask you to take extra care this autumn and take note of the following advice:

  • fireworks must not be stored/used in communal areas or in your home. This is a condition for all Westminster City Council tenants and may be a condition of other tenancy or lease agreements
  • please remove any personal items from communal areas and balconies which could be used to start fires by others
  • if you are a Westminster City Council tenant please do not have bonfires anywhere, either in your home or on the estate
  • it is illegal to let fireworks off in the street or a public place
  • selling fireworks to anyone under the age of 18 years is illegal. Anyone aged under 18 may not possess a firework in a public place
  • stay up to date with the latest coronavirus advice

This Autumn Nights season, help us to keep your neighbourhood safe by reporting any incidents.

If you’re a Westminster City Council tenant you can report antisocial behaviour in housing to us in confidence 24/7 via your MyWestminsterHousing online account or contact us on 0800 358 3783 or email [email protected]

To report misuse of fireworks, call the police on the non-emergency number 101. In an emergency, or if you are in immediate danger, always call 999.

All residents can report crime anonymously to Crimestoppers by phoning 0800 555 111.

Read more about fireworks safety advice from the London Fire Brigade.

 

Thank you for your help and enjoy Halloween, Diwali and Bonfire Night safely.