Wheelie good advice to stop bin fires

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IF you leave your wheelie bin out too long it could be torched by Bonfire Night firebugs.

That is the message to Wearside householders from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Group manager Paul Tait said: “We can minimise the risk of this by reminding residents to only leave their bins out just before they are due to be emptied and to collect them in promptly afterwards.

“Wheelie bins can be pushed up against property, and if they are not stored back safely they could be set alight, damaging property and endangering life.

“We also ask residents to take in their neighbour’s bin too, as soon as it’s been emptied, if they know they are not around.

“Neighbourhood teams are carrying out additional patrols to reassure residents and prevent antisocial behaviour during the run up to Bonfire Night.

“Police will not tolerate antisocial behaviour, and officers are asking residents if they see someone acting suspiciously where they live to contact police so they can deal with the problem.”