Two arrested as police deal with 80 call outs on Bonfire Night

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TWO people were arrested and police called out more than 80 times on Bonfire Night.

Across the region, Tyne and Wear fire crews were called out 430 times – down from 457 in 2012.

No serious incidents were reported, although 10 people were injured in bonfire or firework-related accidents, up from five last year.

In Sunderland, police attended 50 bonfire and 37 firework-related incidents, making two arrests.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “The work of the police and fire service in making sure Bonfire Night passed smoothly is commendable and has had my full support.

“I’m determined to make sure antisocial behaviour is tackled, and this sort of commitment from both police and the fire service helped stop any disorder getting out of control and made sure people going to organised displays could enjoy the event.”

Watch manager Alan Gibbins, at Farringdon fire station, in North Moor Lane, told the Echo: “We were pretty busy overall.

“There were lots of bonfires, about 20, which we attended all over the area, although there was nothing too serious.”

Group manager Dave Jefferson, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, added: “I would like to praise our staff for their hard work on what is one of our busiest times of the year.”

He added: “Whilst we have had a busy night, we are delighted that we received the lowest number of calls and incidents for 10 years.”