Published: 23 October 2013
By TOM FOOT
POLICE will be guarding the gates of Primrose Hill for four nights around the bonfire night celebrations ready to arrest anyone lighting Chinese lanterns or setting-off fireworks.
Officers, who are adopting an increasingly hardline each year, have agreed to herd everyone out of the park by 9pm each night between November 2 and 5.
Anyone who has lanterns or fireworks to be asked to surrender them to officers for safe disposal and may not be allowed into the park.
Mark Bridger assistant park manager for Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, said: “The summit of Primrose Hill has wonderful views across London. However, it isn’t suitable for hosting a display or for people to bring their own fireworks. Also, paper lanterns can be dangerous when lit in densely populated areas and cause damage to the park.”
Large “dot matrix” screens will put up in the park to inform crowds about the 9pm closure deadline.
Inspector Chris Churchman, from the Metropolitan Police’s Royal Parks team, added: “This will allow my officers to focus their efforts on anyone intent on causing danger by throwing fireworks around and will be an immense help to us in keeping the public safe."