10 Aug 2020

Application for injunction to tackle misuse of fireworks

Anti-social behaviour

Leeds City Council working in partnership with West Yorkshire Police is seeking an injunction to tackle the misuse of fireworks in Leeds. The terms, listed against person(s) unknown, are detailed below.

If anyone wishes to support the application they should send an email to lasbt@leeds.gov.uk

If anyone wishes to oppose the application then they will need to be added as a defendant. Anyone wishing to oppose the application can do so by emailing: legal.services.enforcement@leeds.gov.uk

The deadline to support or oppose the application is: Monday, 24 August. The injunction is set to be heard at Leeds County Court on Friday, 28 August.

Terms of injunction: 

A) the Leeds metropolitan area in an anti-social manner as set out in Schedule 1 from the commencement of this injunction until 30 January 2021

B) Using abusive words or gestures to, threatening or obstructing or interfering with in any way any emergency worker (as identified in Schedule 2) dealing with any firework-related incident within the Leeds metropolitan area

C) Gathering or being in a group of 3 or more persons in any public place and using any firework or other explosive or pyrotechnic material within the Leeds Metropolitan area in an anti-social manner as set out in Schedule 1 from the commencement of this injunction until 30 January 2021

D) Erecting or attempting to erect any unauthorised barrier to any thoroughfare within the Leeds metropolitan district

E) Setting fire to any property not belonging to yourself

F) Entering, attempting to enter or remaining within the following public parks after 6pm until 7am from the commencement of this injunction until 6pm on Monday 9 November 2020:

  1. Banstead Park
  2. Alexandra Park (also known as Burley Lawn).
  3. Pudsey ParK

Schedule 1

The anti social use of fireworks or other explosive or pyrotechnic materials includes, but is not restricted, to the following activities:

  1. Directing a firework towards any person
  2. Directing a firework towards any animal
  3. Directing a firework towards any vehicle
  4. Directing a firework at any building or structure
  5. Using a firework so as to cause nuisance or annoyance to any resident of the Leeds metropolitan district (other than using fireworks on residential premises by the lawful occupier).
  6. Using a firework so that it causes alarm, harassment or distress to any person in a public place within the Leeds metropolitan district.

Schedule 2

 Emergency workers are :

  1. A Police Constable
  2. A Police Community Support Officer
  3. A Police Crime Scene Investigator
  4. A firefighter employed by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
  5. A person employed by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service
  6. An NHS employee
  7. An employee of Leeds City Council

AND THAT a power of arrest be attached to paragraphs a), b), c), d), e) and f) of this injunction pursuant to section 4 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

For media enquiries contact:

Colin Dickinson
Leeds City Council