Trial set over fireworks

Trial will take place at Hamilton Sheriff Court.
Trial will take place at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

A Newarthill man faces trial over the alleged illegal storage and sale of fireworks.

Naeem Asghar (42), of Church Street, has denied a total of 11 charges at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

It’s alleged he was caught during a North Lanarkshire Council trading standards operation.

Asghar is accused of selling fireworks illegally from a van at Draffen Tower, Motherwell, on October 8 last year.

It’s also claimed he stored the fireworks in his van without a licence and didn’t take measures to secure them properly in order to reduce the risk of fire or an explosion.

He is charged with illegally selling fireworks to a trading standard officer at Draffen Tower.

Further charges relate to the storage and supply of fireworks in a car park behind a pub in Carluke and in Main Street, Newmains, in November last year.

Asghar, reprented by solicitor Stephen MacBride, pleaded not guilty and trial was set for January 29.