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Firework Vandals Blow Up Phone Box

Wednesday October 31 2012

POLICE are searching for the vandals responsible for blowing up a Barnsley phone box using fireworks.

They were called to the scene at the phone box on Laithes Lane just before 8.40pm on Tuesday (October 30.)

A spokesman said: "Local residents
reported hearing a loud bang and saw smoke coming from kiosk.

"The phone kiosk was severely damaged, it’s believed fireworks. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the facts and locate the

Residents living nearby reported that the debris from the incident, including firework powder residue, was spread in the road leading up to the Wellington Pub.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident 1205 of the 30 October
2012, or call Crimestopper on 0800 555111.

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Reply Posted by John on Wednesday October 31 2012 at 14:09
Its about time they were banned, other than organized displays.

Reply Posted by rach on Wednesday October 31 2012 at 14:14
But thats a case of ruining everyones fun because of the minority john, thats not fair.... Itll be a bunch of kids messing about, ya get it every year, but theres also loads of people that have home fireworks responsibly x

Reply Posted by polly on Wednesday October 31 2012 at 14:14
have to agree with you john, they are too dangerous and should be banned. i for one am sick of them going off all day long for weeks on end!

Reply Posted by Phil on Wednesday October 31 2012 at 14:29
Police know about it but why has nobody cleaned it up?large pieces of perspex still on both roads waiting for a bike to slide on them or get thrown up into somebodys windscreen

Reply Posted by mr b on Wednesday October 31 2012 at 14:39
what is wrong with every1.......i was doin silly things like this 20 years ago it was no different this time of year then,,,,,,,its like no1 remembers what its like to be a little tear arse

Reply Posted by mr b on Wednesday October 31 2012 at 14:40
only smack eds use it anyway

Reply Posted by Geoff on Wednesday October 31 2012 at 14:41
Is it time travelling debris? Wellies been knocked down ages

Reply Posted by wendy on Wednesday October 31 2012 at 14:46
I agree with John to but the law on fireworks which states: Set a curfew on the use of fireworks, banning them between the hours of 11.00pm and 7.00am except except for Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year, and Chinese New Year (1.00am) Doesn't .
But most so called responsible people have been setting them off during the day? 2 In the morning and all through this summer in their gardens! It's not all by kids!
Common courtesy and respect for other people seems to being barely used or non existent. Just my two pennies worth!

Reply Posted by Wayne on Wednesday October 31 2012 at 21:11
I agree with John, in the weeks leading up to and after the 5th of November its like being in a war zone with all the fireworks going off. They are so loud and many just bang, i feel so for the pensioners and the poor animals. i actually heard this explosion last night and i live nearly half a mile away from it.

Reply Posted by C on Wednesday October 31 2012 at 22:20
When they blow their hands off they'll be sorry. Silly little sods.

Reply Posted by lawrence on Wednesday October 31 2012 at 22:55
who ever is responsable for this would not find it so funny if a chid was near there but if its kids that have done this then who or where have they got them from as they are as much to blame .im not against fireworks as the are fun to see on bonfire night im just against the mindless few idiots who cannot see the danger they are putting others in .

Reply Posted by james on Wednesday November 21 2012 at 01:15
I am Athersley North born and bred and can honestly say it probably was kids that did it

Reply Posted by Daisy on Thursday November 1 2012 at 09:26
I agree with John they should be banned and only organised parties. I am also fed up of hearing them go off at all times of night and early mornings. I feel sorry for animals that don't like them. My dog hated them he was like a quivering wreck and some adults are more irresponsible with them than the kids!

Reply Posted by Dale on Saturday November 3 2012 at 14:08
They need to be banned. Fireworks are essentially small bombs that cause a tremendous about of damage or injury. Only organised displays should be aloud.

Reply Posted by d on Saturday November 3 2012 at 14:43
some idiots just blow a smoke bomb mittle of the road.all on our road came out as we thought something was happening.they don't care that little kids around.

Reply Posted by laura on Saturday November 3 2012 at 14:46
why should they be banned, just cause some people are irresponsible don't mean everyone is, I think its nice to hear them at this time of year, dont know why people are moaning theres bigger things happening in the world apart from fireworks going off

Reply Posted by cdm on Saturday November 3 2012 at 20:29
The issue here is not the fact that it's fireworks, or that they should be banned. The issue is with people (for example: mr b) who accepts that this is all perfectly ok, and just "high spirits" or something. If this was kids, (and by that I mean under 18 years of age) then they were either sold the fireworks illegally or were given the fireworks by an adult who bought them. For anyone under the age of 18 it is an offence to CARRY fireworks in public, let alone set them off. And for adults it is an offence to set them off in public anyway. And then there is the damage to the phone box. Which is malicious damage - also against the law. The phone box will have to be repaired...who pays? We do! Who pays when their car is damaged after running over debris created by these juvenile high spirits? The driver of the car...the general public. And people just accept this? Why do they? How can this be considered normal behaviour? When did we start accepting stupid, malicious and dangerous behaviour as being normal?

Reply Posted by blue murder on Wednesday November 21 2012 at 01:21
to be honest is it even worth putting the phone box back in its not like people use it anymore as mr b said only smackheads use it anyway and they need blowi n up they just a burden on society but it is wrong i do agree with large parts of everybodys say but i thought i heard a bang when i was on oxton road after i just finished work

Reply Posted by John on Sunday November 4 2012 at 09:09
Thanks for all the positive comments..
I will say though, when I said "Organised displays" this would also apply to a number of responsible residents holding a communal party..
I strongly agree there should be a set number of days and hours of those days that they can be let off legally.. weeks before and weeks after is unacceptable... as is during the day and the middle of the night.

Reply Posted by adam bluck on Wednesday November 21 2012 at 01:23
i did it al admit it i live in forge near KFC on wakey road

Reply Posted by red November on Sunday November 4 2012 at 16:35
You can't blame shops for selling them fire works when there are plenty of people selling fireworks on Facebook from there own homes are they gonna ask for id from people knocking on there door or make money ?

Reply Posted by cdm on Sunday November 4 2012 at 16:57
And selling fireworks without being licenced to do so is also illegal. So here we are accepting yet another illegality as being "normal". It isn't...it is a breakdown of common decency, common morality, and common sense.

Too many people are willing to say "Ah well, they're going to do it anyway, so why bother doing anything" and so it goes on...

Reply Posted by cdm on Sunday November 4 2012 at 16:58
licensed, not licenced (before the spelling police arrive!)