THE actions of thoughtless revellers have brought concern for the safety of animals on Northam Burrows and landed staff at the country park with a potentially hazardous clean-up operation. People went into the country park over the Hallowe'en and Bonfire

THE actions of thoughtless revellers have brought concern for the safety of animals on Northam Burrows and landed staff at the country park with a potentially hazardous clean-up operation.People went into the country park over the Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night periodand let off large numbers of fireworksMembers of the public have expressed concern to Head Ranger Shawn Corin about 'thoughtless' individuals, including one complaint that youths were seen letting off fireworks among grazing animals, causing them to panic and stampede. Mr Corin said: "It's an offence under the Animal Welfare Act to let off fireworks like that and people caught can be fined up to £20,000. Fireworks can also disturb the wildlife, which is an offence under the Countryside and Wildlife Act. Fireworks let off on the Burrows can and do cause hazards and are a danger to both people and the wildlife here. The problem is not only the fireworks themselves and the effect on wildlife and grazing animals, but also in the clearing up operation of all the rubbish left behind."He has found and gathered up around £400 worth of used fireworks from the Burrows.Torridge District Council's Lead Member for Northam Burrows, Cllr Andrew Eastman, said: "I fully endorse our Head Ranger's comments on the irresponsible behaviour of a small minority of people, especially with regard to the distress caused to grazing animals and wildlife.