Back with a bang!
The 'Be the Good Guy' campaign is a multi-agency initiative
which aims to reduce anti-social behaviour and dangerous nuisance
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
From Monday 16th October to Monday 6th November
2017, we are asking residents to help us, and your
community, by reporting any build-ups of combustible waste and
fly-tipping on public land to our Contact Centre on: 01744
676789 for removal - before any nuisance fires are lit and
to reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour.
What's the danger?
Lighting a nuisance fire in a public space can prevent the fire
service from attending to other serious emergencies - putting lives
Fly-tipping and build-ups of dangerous combustible waste may
also contain plastics, rubber or painted materials which produce
toxic fumes when lit - which can cause health problems.
Even a small build-up of combustible waste lit 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 obstructions.
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 or rubbish away 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 abused.
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
Registered Social Landlords including Helena, Riverside and
Regenda Housing, will also run skip days, to provide tennants with
an opportunity to dispose of combustible waste safely in hot-spot
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?
You can report the build-up of dangerous combustible waste and
fly-tipping to St.Helens Council:
Call: 01744 676789
You can also download the Council App. and send us a photograph of
fly-tipping and combustible waste. (search St.Helens Council on all
Stay Safe, attend an organised bonfire and report anyone
acting anti-socially to Merseyside Police on 101.