Forcewide: Bonfire weekend went with a bang

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8th November 2018
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8th November 2018

Forcewide: Bonfire weekend went with a bang

Bonfire night weekend has gone with a bang across northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire this year.

Across the force area, there were only 48 calls reporting antisocial behaviour associated with bonfires or fireworks between Friday, November 2 and Monday, November 5.

The vast majority of the calls were regarding fires and fireworks in inappropriate locations or fireworks being misused, which were quickly dealt with by our officers and colleagues from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.

However,  police have launched investigations after three reports of fireworks being inserted into letter boxes in Hull and North East Lincolnshire and one of a lit rocket being thrown into the – luckily, empty – hallway of a community building.

Superintendent Dave Hall said: “As with Halloween, we arranged our shift patterns to have additional officers out on the streets over the weekend and joined forces with the local councils and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service to deal with any issues that arose as quickly as possible.

“Once again, the vast majority of people were enjoying themselves responsibly, with friends and neighbours coming together to have fun and enjoy the occasion.

“However, we did deal with a small number of incidents which could have put people’s lives in danger.

“In these cases we have ensured that the caller is okay and have launched investigations into who is responsible.

“Playing with fireworks is not a harmless prank – it could have very serious consequences and will not be tolerated.”

If you have information you think could assist investigations, please speak to your local policing team, call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.