Busy Bonfire Night but still lowest call numbers for 10 years

Bonfire Night saw Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service receive the lowest number of calls taken and incidents attended for 10 years.

In the region, during the 24-hour period of November 5, compared to the same period in 2012, there was a 12 per cent decrease in the number of calls and a six per cent decrease in the total number of incidents attended by the service.

There was a decrease in attacks on firefighters, which was down from seven last year to three this year, a 23 per cent decrase in rubish fires, and a drop of 58 per cent in property fires.

However, the number of bonfire or firework-related injuries has increased.

Group manager Dave Jefferson said: “Whilst we have had a busy night we are delighted that we received the lowest number of calls and incidents for ten years.”

Police are appealing for information after a firework was put through the of a flat in Chirton West View, North Shields, at 6.20pm on Tuesday.

The firework caused damage to the door and broke a window inside the property.

Any witnesses are asked to contact police on 101, ext 69191.