A PLEA has been made for action to be taken to stop the irresponsible use of fireworks.

Andy Boddington, Shropshire councillor for Ludlow North, is concerned about the distress that they cause to pets. and some people who struggle to cope with loud noises from fireworks used carelessly.

Mr Boddington says that his pet dog and cat were very distressed by fireworks.

“The problem, coronavirus restrictions aside, is not the fireworks,” said Mr Boddington.

“It is that they have become noisier over the years. They scare the hell out of some people and traumatise a nation of pets.

“My dog hides under the bed in a panic, despite being an ex-farm dog used to guns. My cat is well frit for hours. It is not just animals. Many people with autism, tinnitus and other conditions also suffer.

“Shropshire Council has twice debated fireworks in the last year. On both occasions it agreed to provide advice and it has done so. We need national action by MPs.”