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Extra police patrols in the run up to Bonfire Night

27 Oct 2016 08:55 AM

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Police across Northumberland and North Tyneside are carrying out extra patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour in the run up to Bonfire Night.

Neighbourhood officers are targeting areas where in previous years there have been reported incidents of fireworks related crime or anti-social behaviour.

The high visibility patrols are in place across the region this week and will continue up to Bonfire Night.

As well as combating any anti-social behaviour, officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be visiting fireworks retailers to remind them of their responsibilities and the consequences of selling fireworks to anyone under 18.

Chief Inspector Aidan Sloan said: "We want people to have fun this Bonfire Night and that means doing so safely, and having consideration for other people. We know we can see an increase in the number of reported incidents of anti-social behaviour to police during the darker evenings and the lead up to Halloween and Bonfire Night, which is why we've stepped up our patrols.

"We want to remind people that its illegal for children to buy fireworks and our officers will take action if they see children being sold fireworks or any adults acting irresponsibly with fireworks and causing anti-social behaviour.

"Public safety is our priority and we would encourage people to plan ahead and go along to an organised display, which is not only safer but generally much more impressive than a back garden show.

“We know that bonfires built on land without permission can be dangerous and pose a safety threat to nearby homes and businesses. We'd ask people to help us keep their communities safe by reporting any unregulated bonfires to the local authority so they can safely remove them. "

If anyone has any concerns about crime or anti-social behaviour contact your neighbourhood policing team on 101.

For information about fireworks displays in Northumberland and North Tyneside visit the following websites:

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Fire/Fireworks.aspx#fireworksdisplaysinnorthumberlandandsurroundingareas
http://www.visitnorthtyneside.com/whats-on/north-tyneside-fireworks-display-p848571