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Warning over firework house fires in Nottingham

Police are investigating two house fires in areas of Nottingham which are believed to have been caused by fireworks.

Crews were called to Tunstall Drive in Sherwood on Wednesday night. A firework had been put through the letterbox.

On Thursday evening, firefighters were called to reports of a flat well alight on Wendover Drive in Aspley. A firework had come through the kitchen window.

No-one was injured in the fires but damage was caused to both properties.

It is thought a cat may have been in the Aspley flat.

Fine warning

The fires happened hours after police issued warnings saying they would be enforcing firework regulations, including searching people and vehicles.

Regulations state no-one under the age of 18 can be in possession of a firework. Anyone with a large "category four" firework must have a licence and it is against the law for anyone to throw a firework into a highway, street, thoroughfare or public place.

Anyone over the age of 16 caught breaking the law faces an £80 fine. Children between the ages of 10 and 15 can also be fined £40 which must be paid by a parent or guardian.

Ch Insp Sean Anderson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said in the most serious cases, misusing fireworks was an arrestable offence and those found guilty could also face a fine of up to £5,000.

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