Operation set to tackle litter and fire risks

A four-day campaign has begun to help clean up Longbenton and reduce fire risks.

Residents, schools and businesses are getting involved in North Tyneside Council’s ‘Big Spring Clean’ campaign.

Starting on Tuesday this week, an Operation Hotspot initiative to reduce litter, fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour and prevent fires hit the streets of Longbenton.

Council wardens plus staff from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria Police are taking part in a range of activities.

Coun Ed Hodson, cabinet member for the environment, said: “We are committed to maintaining a clean, tidy and safe borough and residents play an important role in helping us to do so.”

Neighbourhood Inspector John Smith added: “This is an excellent example of how working together with our partners we are able to tackle issues concerning the community.

“It is great that we can bring everyone together to play our part in keeping the area a safe and pleasant place to live.”

The fire service will be giving free home safety checks, which will includes offering fire safety advice and fitting smoke alarms where appropriate.