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Darker Nights campaign

South Tyneside Council is working alongside Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company and South Tyneside Homes as part of the annual Darker Nights campaign, which is running from 25 October to 10 November.

The campaign aims to tackle problems that tend to peak at this time of year including:

  • unauthorised bonfires
  • underage firework sales
  • criminal damage

This time of the year can be seen as exciting for younger residents but it can be a scary and lonely time for older residents.

The Council along with its partners, aims to proactively encourage responsible and considerate behaviour as well as raise awareness of how people can report incidents.

How Northumbria Police are getting involved

By working closely with the public and their partners, Northumbria Police aims to make sure everyone enjoys the Halloween and Bonfire period and stays safe.

Police Officers will be attending schools to speak to students and remind them that while this time of year is full of fun and excitement for some, other members of the community can feel frightened or intimidated.

Regular patrols will be carried out in areas where large groups tend to gather, and officers will be on hand to offer reassurance and crime prevention advice to the public as the winter months approach.

Northumbria Police would like to remind the public that only those aged 18 or over are allowed to buy fireworks, and if used incorrectly, they can potentially have devastating and fatal effects.

The police also stress that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and any offenders will be dealt with.. Anyone with concerns is asked to call 101, or in an emergency, ring 999.

Find out more about how to report anti-social behaviour

How the Tyne and Wear Rescue Fire Service are getting involved

Tyne and Wear Rescue Fire Service will be visiting secondary schools in South Tyneside to talk to young people about the dangers of bonfires and fireworks.

When visiting schools the service will emphasise the importance of staying safe over the bonfire period and will educate people about the devastating injuries that can be caused by fireworks and illegal bonfires, even when handled carefully or under the supervision of adults.

The service are encouraging everyone to attend organised official firework displays and not to have illegal bonfires, which can tie up fire crews from attending more life critical incidents when they get out of control.

You can assist the Fire Service in helping reducing illegal bonfires by making sure combustible materials are disposed of quickly and not stored near a property and by making sure wheelie bins are not put out early and are brought back in as soon as possible.

Darker Nights events

As part of the Darker Nights campaign, the South Tyneside Youth Service is hosting two a five-aside football tournaments with the first one taking place at Temple Park Leisure Centre on Friday 1 November 7-9pm.

The second one will be held at Clegwell Community Association on Friday 8 November 7-9pm.

For more information visit What's on

To enter a team (11-13, 14-15 and 16-18 age groups) please contact Chris Thompson at or by 0191 424 7845.

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