Bonfire Night crime

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

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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.”

Newcastle City Council: "We need the public's help"

"We have seen the number of illegal bonfires in Newcastle fall as we work in partnership and with the public to crack down on those who break the law.

"In this instance the police and council officers spotted the potential danger but we need the public’s help by reporting the irresponsible dumping of waste material so we can continue to help keep people safe at this time of year.”

– Cllr Linda Hobson, Newcastle City Council


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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