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Fireworks police put Primrose Hill on 9pm lockdown

Officers will be on park gates checking bags for fireworks and paper lanterns

30 October, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Rubbish left in Primrose Hill on New Year’s Day 2015

POLICE are imposing a 9pm curfew in Primrose Hill and banning fireworks and lanterns from being set off in the public park.

Officers will be stationed at the gates to stop anyone bringing in fireworks or paper lanterns which must be “surrendered for safe disposal”, according to a statement from  the Royal Parks and Camden police.

Primrose Hill was for decades host to fun-packed fireworks displays that were eventually stopped following complaints about “substantial littering” and anti-social behaviour.

The hill has also become popular a place to view fireworks displays around central London and soak up the atmosphere on Guy Fawkes’ night.

Assistant park manager Mark Bridger said: “Primrose Hill isn’t suitable for hosting a display or for people to bring their own fireworks.  Also, paper lanterns can be dangerous when lit in the dense assembly of visitors causing injury, and damage to the park including surrounding properties.”

The 9pm closure policy begins today (Monday) and runs until November 8.

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