Melton residents warned over sky lanterns

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Melton residents are being reminded about the risks associated with sky lanterns.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is highlighting the dangers and has urged people not to release them during New Year celebrations.

Evidence has shown that the frames of lanterns can harm or even kill farm animals if they are ingested, fields of standing crops and buildings are at significant risk of being set alight, while littering is also a big problem.

NFU deputy president Minette Batters said: “We’d urge everyone to think twice before setting them alight this New Year and releasing them into the environment.”