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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.”
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.
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.