AN EXPERT group that includes police, fire and animal welfare representatives has called for the introduction of no firework zones and tighter restrictions on their purchase.

The independent Firework Review Group has submitted its final report to ministers, urging a shift in the way fireworks are bought and used.

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 The call comes following widespread public support across Scotland to reduce the negative impact of fireworks.

The group has recommended a number of measures be taken forward, including the introduction of mandatory conditions when fireworks are purchased from retailers, restricting the times of day and volume of fireworks can be sold, restricting the times fireworks can be set off and the introduction of no firework zones.