Tyne and Wear residents are being encouraged to help keep themselves safe from fire following a number of deliberate wheelie bin and rubbish fires in the Byker Wall area last night.
Between 10.30pm and 11.20pm there were eight deliberately started fires in the area surrounding Byker Community Centre.
Two crews from Byker Community Fire Station, one crew from Newcastle Central and a Targeted Response Vehicle attended and dealt with the incidents.
Area Manager for Community Safety Kevin Gardner, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said:
Luckily no one was injured as a result of these incidents. However, fires involving wheelie bins can pose a serious risk.
Although people who start these fires might think it’s a bit of fun, the consequences can be very serious; the fire can easily spread to property, including people’s homes. They also tie up the fire crews who are not then available to attend other more serious or life-threatening incidents. A fire engine can't be in two places at once.
Residents can help protect themselves and their property, and reduce their chances of becoming a target, by putting their wheelie bins out shortly before they are due for collection and by bringing them back in as soon as possible after they have been emptied.
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Police investigating a shooting in Newcastle have arrested two men.
A 32-year-old man was shot inside an address in Scarborough Road in Byker just before 6pm on May 30. He was taken to hospital with two gunshot injuries to his legs and a head injury. He remains in a stable condition.
Yesterday evening, police arrested John Mario Thompson, 29, and David Francis, 28, on suspicion of attempted murder.
A 42-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Armed police have searched a house in Byker, as part of an investigation into a shooting over the weekend.
Police surrounded the house in Canterbury Street, but say no further arrests were made as a result of the search.
A 41-year-old man was arrested and bailed at the weekend on suspicion of attempted murder, along with a 37-year-old woman on suspicion of possessing a prohibited weapon.
A 32-year-old man suffered two gunshot wounds to his leg in the shooting, which happened on nearby Scarborough Road just before 6pm on Saturday.
Police want witnesses to come forward after a man was shot in Newcastle.
It happened on Scarborough Road in Byker at around 6pm on Saturday (31 May). Police rushed to the scene and found a 32-year-old man in a house with two gunshot wounds to his leg. He was taken to hospital.
Police have arrested two people after a man was shot in Newcastle.
It happened at a house on Scarborough Road, in Byker, just before 6pm last night. Officers found a 32-year-old man with two gunshot wounds to his leg. He was taken to hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
A 41-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder and a 37-year-old woman on suspicion of possessing a prohibited weapon.
Police have made two arrests after a man was shot in Newcastle house.
Officers rushed to Scarborough Road, in Byker, just before 6pm yesterday evening (Saturday 30 May).
A 32-year-old man was taken to hospital with two gun shot wounds to his leg and a minor head injury. He is still in hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. A 37-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possessing a prohibited weapon.
Extra officers are currently in the area to provide reassurance to the local community. Members of the public with information can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.
We believe that the offenders were known to the victim and this has been an isolated incident. There is no threat to any members of the public and extra officers will remain in the Scarborough Road area today to carry out further enquiries and offer reassurance to members of the public. We have two people in custody helping us with our enquiries and I'd urge anyone with any information to contact police as soon as possible."
Police are appealing for information after an aggravated burglary in Newcastle.
It happened at 7pm on March 9, when a man forced entry into an address on Canterbury Street, Byker, armed with a machete and assaulted a person inside.
Threats were made and the occupant, a 24-year-old man was assaulted. He suffered minor injuries.
Shoppers in Byker queued for hours to grab the bargains on Black Friday.
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