Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner is encouraging local people to attend organised events and have a safe Bonfire Night.
Tony Lloyd is supporting the annual Treacle campaign which highlights the consequences of antisocial behaviour and criminal damage and the dangers of playing with fireworks. He is also proudly supporting organised events across Greater Manchester, which will be policed by GMP officers.
“We’ve all seen the horrific images highlighting the devastating and sometimes fatal consequences of messing about with fireworks,” said Tony. “That’s why the safest way to enjoy Bonfire Night is to attend a well-organised event.
“It’s not about stopping people having fun, it’s about everyone having a safe night without putting themselves or their loved ones in danger. There are plenty of organised displays happening across Greater Manchester, which are always more spectacular anyway, and is a safer and much more fun way of enjoying the night minus the risk.”
Last year there was a significant reduction in the number of callouts to the police and fire service on Bonfire Night.
“While we are not complacent, there have been fewer anti-social incidents involving fireworks. This is thanks to the work of local authorities, police, fire and other agencies, and vitally, local people standing together. I hope this hard work pays off again this year,” added Tony.
Find your nearest event by visiting www.safe4autumn.com, where you can also find information and advice on staying safe.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is also running a fireworks amnesty. Members of the public who want to dispose of fireworks can do so safely by calling 0800 555 815 so that the Fire Service can collect them.