Rubbish for bonfires is dismantled

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ILLEGAL bonfires are continuing to be dismantled in the borough in the run up to Guy Fawkes Night.

Eight tonnes of material has so far been removed by North Tyneside Council wardens, accompanied by community support officers, as part of the initiative which started on October 27 and ends on Monday – bonfire night.

They found the waste after searching known hotspot areas.

It had been hidden in hedgerows and bushes in Benton, Battle Hill, Camperdown and Wallsend town centre, ready to be used on bonfire night.

Illegal bonfire removal forms part of the borough’s annual ‘Darker Nights’ initiative, supported by the council, Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire Rescue Service, and SITA UK.

Other aspects of the campaign include delivering 500 warning notices to households in known hotspot areas, advising them that bonfires are illegal and will be removed.

And firefighters have been delivering presentations to Year 9 and 10 pupils highlighting the consequences of anti-social behaviour.

Wayne Young, one of the council’s area officers, said: “The ‘Darker Nights’ is all about helping to ensure that people have a safe bonfire night.

“The best advice for people is to attend one of the organised displays in the borough.

“Illegal bonfires are dangerous and can pose a safety risk to homes and businesses.

“They also leave a big mess to clear up afterwards.

“I’m pleased that we’ve recovered such a significant amount of illegal bonfire material already.

“It shows that, from the experience built up over the years, we know where many of the hotspot areas are.”