Warning over illegal bonfires in borough

Joining forces to remove illegal bonfires are council officers with representatives from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Northumbria Police and SITA.

Joining forces to remove illegal bonfires are council officers with representatives from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Northumbria Police and SITA.

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Work is taking place to ensure Bonfire Night is safe this year by removing illegal bonfires.

In the run up to November 5, North Tyneside Council is working with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria Police to dismantle the illegal bonfires and address any anti-social behaviour issues.

Council wardens have been delivering warning notices in known hotspots, advising people that illegal bonfires will be removed, with the waste being taken to SITA UK’s North Tyneside transfer station.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Bonfires built on land without permission are dangerous and can pose a safety threat to nearby homes.”

Group manager Dave Escott, of the fire service, said: “Bonfires and fireworks can cause devastating injuries, even if you are being careful.

“This is one of the busiest times of the year for the emergency services, so please stay safe and enjoy Bonfire Night.”

Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Greg Vant added: “There will also be extra officers on patrol on Bonfire Night to reassure residents, to deal with any fireworks misuse and to prevent anti-social behaviour.”

To report an illegal bonfire call 0345 2000 103.