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Firefighters are at 13 deliberate fires in Tyne and Wear

Fire crews are currently dealing with 13 deliberate fires on Bonfire Night across Tyne and Wear.

A bonfire at Raby Way in Byker, Newcastle had to be put out earlier by firefighters.

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Firework posted through letterbox on Bonfire Night

Police are appealing for information after a firework was posted through the letterbox of a flat in North Shields on Bonfire Night.

It happened at a property in Chirton West View about 6:20pm. Nobody was injured but the fire caused damage to the door and broke a window inside the property.

"Thankfully no-one was injured in this incident. This is a reckless and dangerous act and the consequences could have been far more serious."

– Det Sgt Peter Morgan, Northumbria Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, extension 69191.

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Anti-social behaviour crack down on Bonfire Night

Anti-social behaviour crack down on Bonfire Night Credit: Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has backed an annual initiative to cut dark night disorder.

The Darker Nights campaign, which is being led by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, will target the rise in anti-social behaviour around Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night.

Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: "While others celebrate Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night, these occasions can cause distress and fear among the most vulnerable in our communities.

"I hope events pass peacefully with this initiative ensuring crime and disorder is stopped before it starts."

Station Manager Ian Cuskin, Tyne and Wear Fire Service, said: “The run-up to Bonfire Night is one of our busiest periods.

"We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time. The best way of doing this is by attending a professionally organised display and to report any unauthorised bonfires.”

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