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Bonfire Night crime

Police and fire service combat the traditional rise in criminal damage, misuse of fireworks and illegal bonfires.

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Large stockpile of wood seized in effort to stop unauthorised bonfires

Officers from Northumbria Police have seized a large quantity of wood from a house in Elswick, as part of efforts to stop unauthorised bonfires.

Neighbourhood Officers who have been working with Newcastle City Council removed a large stockpile of wood from an address in Sovereign Court.

"This year once officers became aware that wood was being stored at this location, not only causing an eyesore but potentially a fire risk to other residents, we took action with our partners at Newcastle City Council to prevent an illegal bonfire taking place."

– Neighbourhood Sergeant Graeme Donachie

Police say they were forced to take action once the wood started to pile up because "residents in this area have lit a large unofficial bonfire in the street causing anti-social behaviour and disruption to others" in previous years.

"Officers will continue to patrol this area in the run up to Bonfire Night and will work with the local authority to clear away any piles of wood , or other material which are being stockpiled for unofficial bonfires.

"We want residents to have a safe and enjoyable Bonfire Night and are encouraging people to attend organised displays, rather than run the risk of having a bonfire at home.

"Anyone with concerns of unauthorised bonfires or any bonfires/fireworks which may pose a risk to others should contact police."

– Neighbourhood Sergeant Graeme Donachie

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