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Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated this Bonfire Night

Residents are being asked to play their part in keeping the district safe as Bonfire Night approaches.

Bradford Council is working in partnership with the police, the fire service and the district’s largest social landlord, Incommunities, to solve bonfire season problems before they can get out of hand.

They also want people to help the campaign and report dangerous bonfires which can be dealt with before they cause problems.

Businesses, homes and schools are being advised to remove accumulations of rubbish before they can be set on fire.

Traders are also being warned not to take advantage of the season to make a quick profit by transporting and illegally fly-tipping waste on bonfires.

Shopkeepers are advised not to sell fireworks, matches and lighters to under-age youngsters.

Coun Sarah Ferriby Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “People shouldn’t get the idea that the bonfire season will provide them with a chance to get rid of their rubbish on the cheap.

“Council Wardens will be looking out for fly-tipping and cracking down on culprits.”

Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and if prosecuted offenders can end up with a fine up to £50,000 or 12 months in prison.

Coun Ferriby added: “We now have the power to issue a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice on people caught fly-tipping. Fly-tipped rubbish is not only unsightly but can be highly dangerous if someone sets it on fire.”

“We hope people will enjoy their bonfire celebrations but we urge everyone to behave responsibly.”

Tom Rhodes, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service District Prevention Manager for Bradford, said: “The bonfire season is a busy time for the Fire Service and we want everyone to have fun and stay safe over this period.

“We urge people to go to organised events, however, if you are having a bonfire at your home please be responsible and follow the Fireworks Code.

“We do not want people getting injured because they have acted irresponsibly or simply through a lapse of concentration whilst in charge of the bonfire.”

Harry Whittle, Director of Incommunities Estate and Support Services, said “Bonfire night should be a fun and safe time and we would urge everyone to act responsibly.

“Incommunities will be checking on bonfires which have been built on land that it owns to ensure they are safe. Unsafe bonfires or bonfires built on land regularly maintained by Incommunities will be removed.

“We would urge people, particularly those with young children, to go to properly organised displays but if customers or residents living in the neighbourhoods would like safety advice we are happy to provide this if customers contact us on 01274 257990.”

If residents feel that any bonfire is unsafe they can report it to the Council on 01274 431000 or to Incommunities on 01274 254000.

Chief Inspector Jo Beecroft, Partnerships lead for Bradford District Police, said:

“Incidents of anti-social behaviour can increase in the run up to bonfire night and we are working closely with partners across the district on preventative measures.

“Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Bradford District and we will take firm action against those who are involved.”

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