Drop in nuisance bonfire calls

Bonfire night at Calder Holmes Park, put on by the 'Hebden Bridge Round Table,'Pictured is the bonfire, crowd and main fireworks display
Bonfire night at Calder Holmes Park, put on by the 'Hebden Bridge Round Table,'Pictured is the bonfire, crowd and main fireworks display

FIREFIGHTERS were called out to less nuisance fires in the build up to Bonfire Night than in any of the previous five years.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service recorded a drop of more than 14 per cent in the number of nuisance fires sparked between October 19 and November 6.

This year there were 570 deliberate nuisance fires set alight across the region, compared to 666 for the same period in 2010.

In part, this was attributed to teams of staff meticulously clearing combustible or hazardous rubbish from the streets - which could have been used as fuel for fires.

Other tactics included tackling the sale of illegal bangers and illegal fireworks to children and organising diversionary activities.

Group Manager Guy Keen said: “We are delighted with the success of our campaign to reduce deliberate secondary fires during the run-up to the bonfire period.

“As we have done successfully in previous years, we took a joint approach alongside police, the five district councils and the community to ensure that people in Merseyside had a safe and enjoyable bonfire period.

“We have worked extremely hard this year to get the successes we have. And we are seeing the benefits in these figures.

“But, unfortunately, there was still a very small minority who caused problems for firefighters. We will continue to take a robust approach to enforcement where there are threats to our firefighters and our communities.”