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Darker Nights campaign to keep North Tyneside safe this winter

North Tyneside Council has teamed up with Northumbria Police and the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to help keep residents safer in the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night. 

Although North Tyneside is a safe place, we are keen to minimise the risks caused by illegal bonfires, fireworks and anti-social behaviour during the darker nights, and it’s important that residents remain vigilant and report anything that arouses suspicion or concern. 

Our teams will be patrolling our communities on foot or in our CCTV vans, keeping a close eye on our neighbourhoods and offering reassurance to residents.

We will deploy extra lighting or daily patrols where needed, remove graffiti and flytipping, and cut back dense foliage in parks that can act as a screen for crime and antisocial behaviour. 

Our environmental staff are already removing illegal bonfire materials ahead of Bonfire Night and we will have two dedicated vehicles working with Police and Fire Service colleagues for a sweep of the borough on November 4 and 5.

Our teams are going into schools with our mascot, Waldo the Wonderdog, to educate children about the dangers of bonfires and firework safety, alongside volunteers from the NUFC Foundation Prince’s Trust.  

A few simple steps can increase your personal safety during the winter nights:

  • Stick to familiar and well-lit routes when out walking or cycling
  • Wear bright clothing after dark
  • Keep valuables out of sight whether on your person, your car, or home

To report anti-social behaviour:

Come in and talk to us
Call us on 0345 200 0101
Call the police non-emergency hotline on 101 (In an emergency always call 999) 
Fill out a form to make a report here

To report bonfires:

Call Envirolink on 0345 200 0103.
Call the police non-emergency hotline on 101 (in an emergency always call 999)