A YOUTH group has joined forces with firefighters to help stamp out rubbish blazes.
Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project, Sunderland City Council’s Street Scene team and volunteers from Tyne and Wearside Fire and Rescue service did a litter pick and also put stickers on wheelie bins in the Ridley Street and Cato Street areas, encouraging residents to only put their bins out on collection day and bring them in again as soon as they can afterwards to stop them being targeted.
Youngsters on the fire services Prince’s Trust course and the crew from South Shields Community Fire Station have also been involved in the project.
Station manager Jeff Wilkinson, of Farringdon Community Fire Station, said: “Wheelie bins and rubbish can become a target for fire setters so we are keen the community members do everything they can to reduce the chances of them becoming a target.
“Not only are these types of fires a nuisance, they can cost money and lives.
“They can easily spread to neighbouring property and also needlessly tie up valuable resources which could be needed elsewhere.”