CaptureTo make sure the borough stayed safe on Guy Fawkes night, North Tyneside Council removed 18 tonnes of illegal bonfire material.

Between October 31 and November 5, the local authority responded to reports of illegal bonfires, as well as proactively visiting areas where they are known to be built.

And by doing so, 18 tonnes of material was recovered, preventing 34 bonfires.

Cllr John Stirling, cabinet member for Environment said: “These types of bonfires pose a risk to nearby homes and businesses as well damaging the areas that they’re built on.

“I would like to thank the council staff, Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service who have worked extremely hard to make sure our residents enjoyed a safe bonfire night.”

Before November 5, wardens also issued 2,000 advice letters to those living in areas where bonfires are known to be assembled.

The initiative is part of the council’s Autumn Campaign, aiming to make North Tyneside an even cleaner and safer place to live, work and visit. Running until later this month, it includes the introduction of two extra cleaning vehicles, to help to reduce fallen leaves and tackle the amount of litter on the borough’s streets, as well as work to encourage responsible dog ownership.