Ms Linda Draper, of Leys Road St Neots, was taken to court following an investigation by Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards Officers. She claimed that the fireworks had been bought by a number of people, including herself, who had clubbed together to buy them for a number of children's parties who then agreed to store them all at her property. Police then alerted Trading Standards Officers that fireworks were being sold from Ms Draper's property via a Facebook selling page.

Cambridgeshire County Council's Acting Head of Supporting Businesses and Communities, Aileen Andrews said, "As District Judge Sheraton commented "“ Ms Draper was not only putting herself and her family at risk, but her neighbours too. The fireworks were found in a residential area and contained over 18kg of gunpowder which has the potential to cause significant damage. The licensing system is in place to control the storage of fireworks and to protect public safety, and this case shows a blatant disregard for the law."

Ms Draper must complete the 150 hours of unpaid work within 12 months. She was also ordered to pay £1,000 towards the prosecution's costs and a £60 victim surcharge. DJ Sheraton also made an order for the forfeiture and destruction of the fireworks.


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