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Public Urged to 'Please Think Before You Ring!'


Bonfires will be removed the Local Authority.

The public is being asked to help Cleveland Police and partners by thinking carefully about which agency is needed when reporting firework and bonfire related issues. Demand on police call takers typically increases at this time of year and the force is keen to set out the instances where it is appropriate to contact police - and when people should contact other organisations:


Anti-Social Behaviour

Cleveland Police will respond to reports of fireworks if they are being used inappropriately such as in a street or public place or if they are causing a danger or significant annoyance to members of the public.  Officers will respond if the incident is on-going and there is an immediate risk of harm to the public or to property.

Bonfires/Piles of Rubbish (not on private property)

Your Local Authority is responsible for removing these.  Their details are as follows:

Illegal fireworks Sales

If you know or suspect fireworks are being sold illegally or to underage children please contact your local Council’s Trading Standards:

  • Stockton on Tees:  Call: 01642 526560
  • Middlesbrough:  Call the Fireworks Hotline on 01642 728223
  • Redcar and Cleveland:  Call: 01642 774774
  • Hartlepool:  Call: 01429 523362


Temporary Superintendent Kathy Prudom of Cleveland Police said: “This can be a challenging time of year for police and emergency service partners and each organisation wants to continue to offer the best response to callers. I understand many people instinctively ring police if they are experiencing problems with fireworks or bonfire nuisance however if they could just take a minute to think about who really is the best agency to help, they should get a swifter and more satisfactory outcome.

"There are times when contacting police is absolutely the right thing to do – where there is immediate risk to people or property, or if the suspects are there at the time of calling us. Other times, it will be more appropriate to contact our colleagues at local authorities or the fire brigade who will be happy to help.  Cleveland Police and our partners all want, above all, to protect our communities and for people to stay safe.”


Posted on Monday 26th October 2015
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