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Keeping the district safe as Bonfire Night approaches

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 as soon as possible.

Anyone wanting to report potentially dangerous bonfires or has seen waste being tipped illegally should telephone Bradford Council on 01274 431000.

If they are able, people seeing fly-tippers are asked to note down the any information about vehicles involved including the registration number so this can be passed on to investigating officers.

Bonfire night fireThe district’s traders are being warned not to try and take advantage of the season by illegally dumping their rubbish on bonfires.

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

Shopkeepers are urged not to sell fireworks, matches and lighters to under-age youngsters, and people who run public houses should be aware of issues of safety, anti-social behaviour and general nuisance surrounding bonfires and fireworks.

Cllr Arshad Hussain, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “Bonfire Night is a celebration of the nation’s history and traditions, not an excuse for people to get rid of their rubbish on the cheap.

“Council Wardens will be looking out for fly-tipping and cracking down on culprits. Fly-tipped rubbish is not only unsightly but can be very dangerous if someone sets it on fire.

“We hope people will enjoy their bonfire celebrations but we urge everyone to behave responsibly and not cause problems for other people.”

Chief Inspector Sarah Baker, Neighbourhoods lead for Bradford District Police, said:

“The period around bonfire night can see an increase in incidents of anti-social behaviour, particularly through the misuse of fireworks.

“We will be working closely with our partners to take preventative measures and combining this with robust enforcement.

“We have carried out a significant amount of work to reduce anti-social behaviour in the last year, and we will continue this to make sure that people are safe in their communities.”

A spokesman for Incommunities said: “Bonfire night should be both fun and safe, but things can quickly go wrong in an uncontrolled setting.

“Incommunities customers should not have bonfires on our land due to a high risk of accidents and causing a nuisance to your neighbours possibly breaching your tenancy agreement. Bonfires being built on our open land will be moved for safety reasons.

“That’s why we would urge all our customers to stay away from unauthorised bonfire events. Why take the risk when there are so many properly organised displays to enjoy?”

Tom Rhodes, Bradford Fire Service District Prevention Manager, said: “We are working alongside our partners in Bradford Council, West Yorkshire Police and other key community partners to ensure everyone has a safe bonfire period.

“Please ensure that bonfires are situated away from buildings, sheds and fences and they are safely put out at the end of the night. This is the busiest time of year for firefighters, so it’s essential that everyone plays their part in keeping the community safe.

“Don’t leave rubbish to accumulate, as it can provide a temptation to arsonists. While firefighters are dealing with extinguishing a fire which has been set deliberately, they cannot respond to more serious incidents.”

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