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Fourteen arrests in 'bonfire capital of the world'

Fourteen people were arrested and four taken to hospital as an estimated 30,000 revellers poured into an East Sussex town famous for its bonfire night celebrations.

Months of planning preparation are devoted to the event in the East Sussex town of Lewes - which is known as the bonfire capital of the world.

The Lewes Bonfire Society's parade through Lewes, in East Sussex, as part of their bonfire night celebrations. Credit: PA Wire

Of the 14 arrests, Sussex Police said two were for throwing fireworks and others were for being drunk and disorderly and public order offences.

A total of 86 people were treated by South East Coast Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance, with four people needing hospital treatment although none of the injuries were believed to be serious.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service reported a quiet night, with fire crews called out to deal with six incidents, including an out of control bonfire.

Read: Firework displays mark bonfire night

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Children carry traditional bonfire night Tar Barrel

Children from the Devonshire village of Ottery St Mary carry the traditional Tar Barrel through the streets.
Children from the Devonshire village of Ottery St Mary carry the traditional Tar Barrel through the streets. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Children from the Devonshire village of Ottery St Mary exchange the traditional Tar Barrel through the streets
Children from the Devonshire village of Ottery St Mary exchange the traditional Tar Barrel through the streets Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
A boy carries the traditional Tar Barrel through the streets.
A boy carries the traditional Tar Barrel through the streets. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Five injured by fireworks

At least five people have been treated by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service after they were injured in separate incidents on Bonfire Night.

A teenager is being treated by paramedics after a firework exploded into his eye in Salford, while three people needed treatment for burns after a bonfire in a wheelie bin.

A fifteen year old suffered cuts to his face after he was hit in the face by a firework in Bolton.

For more information on the incidents visit ITV Granada.

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Sussex Police: 'Stay calm and stay safe' in Lewes

Sussex Police are directing the hundreds of people attending Lewes Bonfire Celebrations through Twitter.

The force has voiced concerns in the past that the event is getting too large for the town.

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Large crowds in Cliffe High Street moving slowly - be patient and calm stay safe #lewesbonfire

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A 25-year-old man has been arrested and given a fine for throwing fireworks in the street - don't throw fireworks stay safe #lewesbonfire

Bonfire night goes off with a bang

Residents of Lewes walk through the town centre
Residents of Lewes walk through the town centre Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Hundreds of fireworks are being set off across the country this evening as Britain celebrates Bonfire Night.

In Lewes in East Sussex up to 80,000 are expected to attend this evening's festivities.

Women dressed as soldiers march in Lewes
Women dressed as soldiers march in Lewes Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Six bonfire societies in the town compete to have the best costumes, displays and models.

The tradition started because local people wanted to commemorate protestant martyrs who were burned at the stake in Lewes, as well as Guy Fawkes.

A woman in a feathered mask walks through Lewes town centre
A woman in a feathered mask walks through Lewes town centre Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

You can find out more about the Lewes Bonfire Celebrations on ITV Meridian.

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