Teams all set to put out illegal bonfires

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ILLEGAL bonfires are being targeted in the run-up to Guy Fawkes’ Night.

North Tyneside Council, Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service are teaming up for their annual Darker Nights campaign from Saturday to Monday, November 5.

Council wardens, assisted by community support officers and firefighters, will dismantle any illegal bonfires discovered or reported in the borough.

Warning notices will be delivered in known hot spots, advising residents that bonfires are illegal and will be removed.

Firefighters will deliver presentations to Year 9 and Year 10 pupils to highlight the consequences of anti-social behaviour.

Ed Hodson, the council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “Illegal bonfires can be extremely dangerous.

“Residents can do their bit by choosing to attend organised fireworks displays instead and bringing in wheelie bins as soon as possible after collection to reduce any risk of arson.”

Chief Inspector Mandy Shea, of the police’s North Tyneside area command, said: “Unauthorised bonfires built on land without permission can pose a safety threat to nearby homes, businesses and vehicles.”

Fire brigade district manager Jeff Wilkinson said: “The run-up to Bonfire Night is one of our busiest periods, and we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time.

“However, bonfires and fireworks can injure and even kill you. Please don’t let this happen to you.”

To report an illegal bonfire, call 0345 200 0103.