Group removes illegal bonfires

Officials involved in the clean up of illegal bonfires.
Officials involved in the clean up of illegal bonfires.

Nearly 20 tonnes of illegal bonfire material was removed by officials.

In the run-up to Bonfire Night, North Tyneside Council was supported by Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to ensure a safe night.

Overall, 18 tonnes of material was recovered by the team between October 31 and November 5, helping to prevent 34 bonfires.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, said: “These types of bonfires pose a risk to nearby homes and businesses as well damaging the areas that they’re built on.

“I would like to thank the council staff, Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service who have worked extremely hard to make sure our residents enjoyed a safe bonfire night.”

Before November 5, wardens also issued 2,000 advice letters to those living in areas where bonfires are known to be assembled.

The initiative is part of the council’s Autumn Campaign, aiming to make North Tyneside an even cleaner and safer place to live, work and visit.

Running until later this month, it includes the introduction of two extra cleaning vehicles, to help to reduce fallen leaves and tackle the amount of litter on the borough’s streets, as well as work to encourage responsible dog ownership.