South Yorkshire Fire and Police services are warning people to stay safe this bonfire night.

The plea comes after the fire service saw an increase in call outs on bonfire night last year compared to previous years.

Matt Gillatt, head of the joint Police and Fire community safety department said: “We always want people to enjoy Bonfire Night, and we never aim to ruin anyone’s fun, but it’s really important people are careful out there.

“This year we’re specifically asking people to stay with their bonfires, as leaving them unattended tends to end badly.

“We’re also asking people to ensure they are sensible in how they position their fireworks, so they are away from bushes and trees.”

Last year, Fire crews were called to 96 incidents on bonfire night, an increase of 20% on the previous year.

Lee Carlson, Chief Inspector from South Yorkshire Police, said: “We want everybody to enjoy Bonfire night; we know it can be an enjoyable time of the year for most people, but for some the festivities alongside the darker nights can make them feel vulnerable.

“We want you to know that whilst the majority of people will enjoy the period without any issues, the few people that do want to cause a problem will not be tolerated and our extra officers will be there to deal with them.

“Our Neighbourhood officers have already been in schools talking to young people about antisocial behaviour and the effect it can have on people living near them, as well as giving them guidance around keeping safe during dark nights.”

Anybody that needs the police or fire service in an emergency is still encouraged to call 999, and the police can be contacted on 101 around non-urgent issues.

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