Lincolnshire Trading Standards warning over fireworks being 'misused by terrorists'

As November 5 draws closer, Lincolnshire Trading Standards is urging shopkeepers to be vigilant as 'fireworks have been misused by terrorists'.

Saturday, 22nd October 2016, 5:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 5:49 pm
Lincolnshire Trading Standards warn that fireworks can be misused by terrorists.

A tweet put out this afternoon (Saturday) tells traders: “Your vigilance in reporting suspicions can help the authorities detect and disrupt such activities”.

The poster-style tweet gives advice to shopkeepers on how to spot suspicious transactions and the details to record to help the authorities trace the people involved.

These include making a note of the age, build, hair colour and hairstyle of anyone involved in a suspicious transaction, which could include attempts to buy multiples of the same item, refusal to buy fireworks with a lower explosive content and an insistence on paying in cash, especially large amounts.

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Trading standards advise shopkeepers to keep receipts, ID details, CCTV records and “to preserve items handled by the customer for fingerprinting”.

• Full details are on the tweet with this article.