Groups of children, some as young as 10, have been caught recklessly using fireworks by the police.

On Saturday evening, officers from the neighbourhood policing team in Pendle were forced to seize and confiscate the fireworks, branded 'Bad Boy Thunder' from the youths, who they say were between 10 and 15-years-old.

Police said they will now be stepping-up patrols over the next few weeks in the run up to bonfire night, and will not be putting up with such dangerous behaviour.

A police spokesperson said: "So far tonight your local neighbourhood team have seized these fireworks from two groups of youths who were all aged between 10 and 15-years-old and using them in a dangerous manner.

"We are increasing our patrols in the coming weeks on the run up to bonfire night in and around hotspots, we didn't put up with it last year and we won't put up with it this year.

"If anybody has any information on who is selling these fireworks to underage kids please do not hesitate to contact us."