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‘Problem area’ for deliberate fires had none on Bonfire Night, says fire service

Work between partners in Nottingham saw no deliberate fires set over Bonfire Night in an area which has previously been a problem for blue light services and the local authority.

Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes worked together to prevent deliberate fires being started around Bonfire Night in the Lytham Gardens area of Nottingham, where there have been problems over several years.

Nottingham City Council undertook clean-up operations to deal with fly tipping, bulky waste, and rubble, to take away items that could have been set on fire.

When items began to build up on a grass area, partners reacted quickly to have this removed to stop a deliberate fire being started.

As part of the action, a dispersal order was put in place by Nottinghamshire Police for 48 hours to prevent large gatherings. One male arrested for breaching the dispersal notice.

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This work saw no deliberate fires set over the period and there were very few issues with antisocial behaviour.

Partnership work will be ongoing in the run up to the Christmas period with a fire service community engagement event on 15 December and promotion of the free Firestoppers scheme to encourage anonymous reporting of deliberate fire starting.

Chris Clark, Group Manager for Prevention at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The work that our Prevention team and crews have done with partners this year has produced some excellent results and meant we could continue to be available for anyone who needed us.

“We want to thank the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire for having a safe Bonfire Night, and hope that they keep safe during the festive period too.”

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