'Wheelie' bad idea to leave bins in the street

25 Oct 2017 13:00 PM

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5/10/17 EH emailed to media.

It’s a ‘wheelie’ bad idea to leave your wheelie bin out in the street, say police in Sunderland as the build-up to Bonfire Night begins.

It may still be a few weeks away but Halloween and Bonfire Night are fast approaching and police and partners have launched their darker night plans to help make it a safe time for all. 

In the past, the number of stolen wheelie bins reported to police has risen in the run up to November 5, often the bins are stolen and vandalised and even set alight.

Police, along with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, have been delivering leaflets across the city reminding people not to leave their bin out in the street or back lane.

Sunderland Chief Inspector Mark Hall said: “Wheelie bins left in the street are easy targets for vandals to steal and destroy or set fire to, in the past we have seen incidents where the fire from the wheelie bin has spread and damaged other property. The Bonfire Night period is just beginning, we haven’t had any reports so far this year and want to make sure we do all we can to put a stop to it before it starts.

“We know it is easier for some people to leave their bin in the street or in the back lane but it makes it a really easy target for vandals. We also know people won’t care too much about their bin but taking it in and storing it somewhere safe could be all the difference, bearing in mind if they are found not to take reasonable care of the wheelie bin they could find they have to pay for a replacement and if it is set on fire it also poses a real safety risk.”

Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Chair of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, Councillor Harry Trueman added:  “We regularly remind people to only leave their wheelie-bins out on the appropriate collection day, and to take it back into their properties once it has been emptied.

"We welcome this campaign bu our community safety partners to re-inforce this important message, and encourage everyone to perhaps take that extra bit of care as we all get used to the longer darker nights."

The advice forms part of the darker nights campaign which sees community safety partners work together in the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night.

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