Six Northumberland arrests on Bonfire Night

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Northumbria Police had a busy Bonfire Night, with a steady stream of calls but no major incidents reported.

In Northumberland, police attended 28 bonfire-related incidents and 26 firework-related incidents. There were six arrests.

There were extra officers out on patrol when local bonfires and firework displays were being held across the region.

The force dealt with 303 calls about bonfire and fireworks related incidents between 4pm on Tuesday, November 5, and 1am on Wednesday, November 6 - down from 399 last year. A total of eight arrests and one summons were made.

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 anti-social 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.”

Assistant Chief Constable Greg Vant said: “We’ve been working closely with Northumberland and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service staff to deal with Bonfire Night incidents quickly and safely.

“The public have also played their part by attending organised displays, which have helped them to have a safe and enjoyable time.

“We would like to thank the public for their support which has helped the evening pass without major incident.

Other area command statistics:

* In Sunderland, police attended 50 bonfire related incidents and 37 firework related incidents. There were two arrests.

* In South Tyneside, police attended 18 bonfire related incidents and 16 firework related incidents. There were no arrests.

* In Gateshead, police attended seven bonfire related incidents and seven firework related incidents. There were no arrests.

* In North Tyneside, police attended 28 bonfire related incidents and eight firework related incidents. There were no arrests.

* In Newcastle, police attended 39 bonfire related incidents and 39 firework related incidents. There was one summons issued in relation to throwing fireworks.

In 2012, the force dealt with 399 calls about bonfire and fireworks related incidents from Northumberland to Tyne and Wear between 4pm on November 5 and 1am on November 6. A total of 11 arrests were made during this period.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service responded to 420 calls during November 5 (over the 24-hour period).

The Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service responded to 97 calls during November 5 (over the 24-hour period).

For more information visit http://www.northumbria.police.uk/bonfirenight