Bin theft crackdown in north Sunderland

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Police are cracking down on bin thefts across north Sunderland in the run-up to tomorrow’s Bonfire Night celebrations.

Sunderland North Policing Team is urging residents to make sure their bins are kept in a secure place after they have been emptied.

Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service and Sunderland City Council are joining forces to mount extra patrols across the area.

Sunderland North Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: “We want to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable night and we’re working closely with our partners at the fire and rescue service to carry out additional patrols, educate youngsters about safety, visit licensees to remind them of the law when it comes to selling fireworks and minimise the amount of waste to reduce the likelihood of illegal bonfires.

“Wheelie bin theft and fire is a costly problem when factoring in the time of police, fire brigade and the council and we’re asking that neighbourhoods are vigilant this Bonfire Night.”

Police can be contacted on 101 ext 69191.