Campaign crackdown on troublemakers in South Tyneside

The Darker Nights campaign will be launched in South Tyneside.

The Darker Nights campaign will be launched in South Tyneside.

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Fire and police chiefs are joining forces to re-launch a campaign to crack down on troublemakers in the run-up to Bonfire night.

The Darker Nights Campaign, aimed at tackling problems including illegal bonfires, underage firework sales and criminal damage, is now in its 10th year.

“The bonfire period is one of the busiest for emergency services,”

Bill Forster

It is also supported by South Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Homes and Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company.

During the campaign the council’s Trading Standard’s team will be out talking to retailers on the sale and safe storage of fireworks, while firefighters will also be visiting secondary school to highlight the dangers of fireworks and illegal bonfires.

A special rate is also being offered to residents for the removal of bulky waste. Instead of the usual £23 cost, the fee will be reduced to just £18 between Monday, October 24 and Friday, November 4.

District Manager for South Tyneside, Bill Forster, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The bonfire period is one of the busiest for emergency services, so we are pleased to support the Darker Nights campaign again this year. We would encourage everyone to attend an organised display to ensure they have a safe and enjoyable bonfire night.”

Activities have been put together to keep young people entertained during the campaign.

For information call Martin Simpson on 424 0118 or Chris Thompson on 424 7845.

To report abandoned waste, anti-social behaviour or illegal bonfires call 427 7000.