The 'Be A Good Guy' campaign is a multi-agency initiative which
aims to reduce anti-social behaviour and dangerous illegal fires in
the lead-up to bonfire night in St.Helens.
A number of local agencies work together throughout the bonfire
period to keep St.Helens safe - including:
- St.Helens Council
- Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
- Merseyside Police
- Helena Partnerships
- Riverside Housing
- Regenda Homes
- Your Housing Group
- Merseyside Probation Service
Ahead of Bonfire night, we have put together an Illegal Bonfire
removal taskforce 'The Good Guys' who will respond to your reports
of illegal bonfires being built and remove them before they are
lit. The bonfire removal taskforce consists of St.Helens Council
Street Scene & Cleaning Services, St.Helens Council Contact
Centre, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service bonfire removal
trucks, local housing association caretakers &
Although our multi-agency team will be out & about on a
regular basis throughout the bonfire period - you may see illegal
bonfires being built in your neighbourhood that we don't - which is
why we need your help!
From Monday 15th October to Friday 9th November
2018, we are asking residents to help us, and your
community, by reporting illegal bonfires being built in
public spaces: such as parks, playgrounds, streets or on
If you know of anybody letting off fireworks dangerously,
committing anti-social behaviour or damaging your area purposely to
build illegal bonfires, please report them to the Police on 101 or
via the Police Contact Centre on Facebook & twitter @MerPolCC (
If it's an emergency call 999)
What's the danger?
Lighting a fire in a public space can prevent the fire
service from attending to other serious emergencies - putting lives
Illegal bonfires are not regulated and may contain plastics,
rubber or painted materials which produce toxic fumes when lit -
which can cause health problems.
Even a small bonfire in a public space (such as a park, on the
street or near a road) can easily spread, especially if lit closely
to nearby buildings, trees, fences and other flammable
Fueling the fire?
Bonfire night is sometimes used by a small minority as an excuse
for anti-social behaviour. Please don't give your unwanted
materials to anyone looking to light an unorganised bonfire in a
public space. Wheelie bins and recycling containers can also
become easy targets for anti-social behaviour and fires at this
time of year. Store them away so they are not stolen or
What else are we doing?
Merseyside Police will be stepping up patrols in St.Helens and
will be working with Council social care and youth services to take
young people who may be considered 'at-risk' to place of
Along with fire reduction officers from Merseyside Fire &
Rescue Service, local PCSOs will also be giving a series of
presentations in schools; targeting areas where nuisance fires and
anti-social behaviour have been a problem previously
Social Housing Providers including Helena and Riverside ,
will also run skip days, to provide tennants with an opportunity to
dispose of combustible waste safely in hot-spot areas.
And St.Helens Council's Trading Standards Service will also be
signing up 'Good-Guy' retailers agreeing to limit their firework
selling period, in a bid to help reduce anti-social behaviour and
firework misuse in St.Helens.
What can you do?
- Report illegal bonfires for removal before they are lit, call:
St Helens Council Contact Centre: 01744 67678
- Please help by taking responsibility for your child's
whereabouts and actions.
- Be mindful of any neighbours who may be elderly or vulnerable
and might feel frightened or intimidated.
- Remember that elderly neighbours, friends and family might also
feel frightened on Halloween - and may not want people coming to
their door - you can
download and print off a "no trick or treaters" sign for
Stay Safe, attend an organised bonfire and report anyone
acting anti-socially to Merseyside Police on 101.