Council clears away 28 illegal bonfire sites

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A record amount of illegal fire material was removed in the borough to help ensure a safe Bonfire Night.

North Tyneside Council responded to reports of illegal bonfires and visited areas where they were known to be built.

Between October 28 and November 5, a total of 36 tonnes of material was recovered – preventing 28 illegal fires.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This is a fantastic achievement and I am delighted with the record-breaking results.

“I would like to thank the council staff, Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, who have worked tirelessly to guarantee that our residents enjoyed a safe Bonfire Night.

“They continue to support our commitment to ensure North Tyneside is clean, safe and well-maintained.”

As part of the initiative, which also supports the council’s new estate clean-up service, environment wardens also visited schools across the borough, highlighting the potential dangers associated with Guy Fawkes night.

Wardens also issued 600 advice letters to those living in areas where they are known to be assembled.