Northumbria Police would like to issue a polite reminder to residents as we approach what can be a busy time of year for all of our emergency services. In particular we would like to highlight the potential for bin thefts and the associated fires during the darker, colder nights and especially around Bonfire night which is soon to be upon us. Police will be conducting patrols throughout this period however we would appreciate any assistance in regards to the matter. Namely, may we request all residents to reasonably secure and/or store their bin out of sight, if possible. Also, can we please be mindful of any combustible items that may be in our gardens e.g. wood, sofa, mattresses, and other large items of rubbish as they will be a prime target for use to start fires in our local area. Can we also urge residents to report any instances of fly tipping to Envirocall at the earliest opportunity via the following link: https://envirocall.newcastle.gov.uk/ alternatively they can be contacted via Phone: 0191 278 7878 and ask for 'Your Local Services'. Lastly, if an incident needs to be reported to the police please call 101 for all non-emergency issues but always 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, incidents can be reported online at the Northumbria Police website.
PCSO 4525 Michael Todd, Northumbria Police