Guy Fawkes havoc in Grassy Park

2018-11-13 06:01
Law Enforcement inspectors found more illegal fireworks at the same Pelican Park store they had fined a few weeks before.

Law Enforcement inspectors found more illegal fireworks at the same Pelican Park store they had fined a few weeks before.

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Guy Fawkes in Grassy Park was marred by various incidents of vandalism and damage to personal property last week.

As reported a few weeks ago (“Fireworks sale illegal”, People’s Post, 23 October), all sales of fireworks in Grassy Park and surrounds are deemed illegal as no applications for a licence to sell fireworks was received by the City’s Fire and Rescue Services Department.

City Law Enforcement inspector Wayne Dyason confirmed that the same shop in Pelican Park which had fireworks confiscated and was subsequently issued with a fine was once again found to be in contravention of the fireworks bylaw, with more illegal fireworks being confiscated.“R37 000 worth of fireworks were confiscated. Fines were issued to the total of R3500. In Lavender Hill, [vehicles were stoned] with stockings and condoms filled with paint and excrement, [and] when Law Enforcement vehicles approached the youngsters fled. Similar problems were found in Grassy Park, Lotus River and Parkwood,” Dyason says.

According to a statement released by Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith, the sites designated by the City for the discharge of fireworks had a low turnout.

“While I am hopeful that the low turnout at the designated sites was because people are moving away from this tradition, the reality is that it was more likely because of the weather as well as the fact that Guy Fawkes fell on a Monday. Our enforcement staff had their hands full in areas away from the designated sites, particularly in Lavender Hill, Parkwood, Kensington and Grassy Park. Based on the reports that came through, it appears that those who choose to terrorise the public on Guy Fawkes are upping the ante. They are no longer just targeting pedestrians, but also vehicles,” stated Smith.

He added that weapons such as hockey sticks and golf clubs were also confiscated.

Meanwhile, spokesperson for Grassy Park Police Station, Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith, said the station felt that this Guy Fawkes felt more manageable than other years and thanked the various neighbourhood watches for the role they played in assisting the police in going to various shops to ensure they were not selling fireworks.

“Complaints that came in were attended to and no serious incidents or criminal cases were reported. No cases were made of vehicles damaged, while one complaint was attended to. The only two cases opened were complaints around clothing damaged with paint.”

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