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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Bonfire Night activities to help combat anti-social behaviour

30/10/2013

Entertainment and activities will be available in Shelton during the Bonfire Night celebrations in a bid to combat anti-social behaviour which plagued the area last year.

"By providing entertainment and activities for young people so that they have something positive to do on and around Bonfire Night we hope to avoid a repeat of the events of 2012. It will also be a lot of fun for young people who visit either of the venues, and a great way for them to meet new friends." 

Community Safety Officer for the north Mick Warrilow

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is taking a pro-active approach after a trio of “absolutely shocking” incidents took place in and around Shelton on November 5, 2012.

The Targeted Response Vehicle from Hanley, a fire engine from Burslem and firefighters were pelted with bricks, stones, glass bottles and fireworks.

The Service is joining forces with Staffordshire Police and Stoke-on-Trent City Council to host the activities, aimed at eight-18-year-olds.

They will take place on November 4 and 5 from 6.30pm-11pm and are free to attend.

Younger people are being invited to visit North Shelton Community Centre, Rectory Road, where they can take part in Fifa 2014 competitions as well as enjoying Xboxes and PlayStations.

The teenagers are being encouraged to go to Shelton Youth Club, on the corner Crowther Street, in Shelton where activities will include five-a-side football and pool.

Soft drinks and takeaway pizzas will be provided during the events which are both free.

Community Safety Officer for the north Mick Warrilow said: "We have worked very closely with young people in Shelton following the anti-social behaviour in the area last year which was completely unacceptable. It put firefighters at risk on the busiest night of the year when they were trying to perform an absolutely vital, and potentially lifesaving, job.

"By providing entertainment and activities for young people so that they have something positive to do on and around Bonfire Night we hope to avoid a repeat of the events of 2012. It will also be a lot of fun for young people who visit either of the venues, and a great way for them to meet new friends."

Chief Inspector Martin Brereton, Commander of Stoke Central Local Policing Team, said: "With the assistance of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, Thistley Hough High and Oakhill Primary schools, a DVD was produced to show the consequences of attacking emergency vehicles. It has now been shown to 6,000 children across many of the city schools.

"The children were also given leaflets about the risks of constructing and lighting bonfires and setting off fireworks. Two hundred of these leaflets were also hand delivered to hotspot areas in Boothen and Oakhill and 1,500 in the Shelton area.

"Our anti-social behaviour car is and will continue to patrol the geographical hotspot areas defined from incidents last year. We have had tremendous support from the community in our endeavours and many have volunteered to go out in the neighbourhood to identify any potential risks – whether that is old chairs or bags of rubbish, and to get them moved to stop anyone creating a bonfire.

"We will also be visiting the offenders of the incidents last year to again reiterate advice. Officers will be patrolling the area on bonfire night and anyone committing offences will face being arrested. We are extremely grateful to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue in their support of the activities arranged on 5 November."