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RURAL CRIME: Ban sky lanterns, says landowners' body

Thursday 6th May 2021

SKY lanterns should be banned because of their danger to rural businesses and residents, according to a landowners' body.
The Country Land & Business Association (CLA) says the government's stance on outlawing the airborne lamps, which have naked flames, is out of line with other countries.
Eighteen national organisations, including the CLA and farming, environment, animal and fire organisations, have written to the minister urging them to be made illegal.
They argue by enacting Section 140 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Secretary of State can prohibit or restrict the importation, use, supply or storage of injurious substances or articles, such as sky lanterns. 
CLA president Mark Bridgeman said: “Put simply, there is no responsible way to use sky lanterns. Releasing a naked flame into the skies, having absolutely no control where it will fall, can pose a significant risk to livestock, wildlife, the environment, and rural businesses.
“The CLA has been campaigning for a complete ban for many years. It’s imperative that government listens to the concerns of those living in the countryside and bans sky lanterns once and for all.”
Picture by Leon Contreras