Be A Good Guy 2019
An award winning
campaign that helps to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
during the run up to Bonfire Night is back with a
'Be a Good Guy' aims to make St Helens a safe and welcoming
place to be by preventing nuisance fires, anti-social behaviour and
damage to the environment; educating people around the laws and
consequences; and celebrating Halloween and Bonfire Night in the
Halloween is an event that has become more and more popular over
the years, but for some the prospect of people knocking on
their door all night is not an enjoyable one - especially for those
who are elderly or vulnerable.
The Good Guy campaign introduced a Halloween card for residents
to display in their windows if they would prefer not to receive
visits from trick or treaters, available online at
Then it's Bonfire Night, which while an enjoyable celebration
for many across the borough, comes with its own concerns for some
residents and emergency services.
Crime reduction partner agencies including St Helens Council,
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS), Merseyside Police and
Torus will be working together to remove the source of unsafe
nuisance fires from public land.
Lighting any type of fire in a public place without the
permission of the landowner is illegal and extremely dangerous.
Fire can easily spread to nearby buildings, trees and fences and
some combustible materials, such as plastics, rubber or painted
materials produce fumes which are toxic to people once lit. Illegal
bonfires also often fuel anti-social behaviour and fireworks
Residents are asked to report any illegal bonfires being built
in public spaces for removal to St Helens Council or MFRS.
The council's free organised firework display takes place on
Tuesday 5 November at Sherdley Park and promises to be a truly
spectacular night; this year taking visitors on a journey back
through time to the birth of the universe with Constellations: The
Councillor Jeanie Bell, St Helens Council's Cabinet Member for
Community Safety, said: "We want everyone to enjoy the Halloween
and Bonfire Night festivities as safely as possible, and with
respect for our neighbours. By working with our community safety
partners through Good Guy we're supporting our communities to be
more resilient to crime and antisocial behaviour."
Temporary Superintendent Paddy Kelly said: "This is always a fun
time of year and we want to make sure that everyone can enjoy the
organised events and activities safely.
"Our message during this period is simple - anti-social
behaviour will not be tolerated and anyone caught committing this
type of crime will face serious consequences.
"No one should ever feel afraid or vulnerable and I want to
again reassure the public that there will be high-visibility
patrols out and about and I encourage you to come and speak to us
should you ever feel scared or at risk of someone else's harmful
"I would ask anyone considering taking part in criminal activity
to really think; how would you feel if your family member or friend
was too frightened to leave their own home or walk down the street?
Under no circumstances is it ok to throw things at people, their
homes or cars, commit criminal damage or abuse or intimidate
"Not only is causing damage by throwing objects a criminal
offence, it is also illegal for those under the age of 18 to buy,
carry, or use fireworks. Under the Explosives Act of 1875 it is
also illegal to let off or throw a firework in a public place; so
please consider the legal repercussions before engaging in this
"By working together to actively prevent this, it could ensure
that you don't receive a knock at the door from a police officer
informing you that your child has been arrested or, worse still,
has been involved in a serious accident."
Michael Buratti, Arson Team Manager for Merseyside Fire &
Rescue Service said: "We would like everyone to enjoy the Halloween
and Bonfire period as safely as possible. Organised events are the
best way to watch and enjoy fireworks and bonfires with your family
and friends as they provide the safest environment.
"Deliberately started fires on the run up to bonfire night are a
huge drain on already overstretched Fire Service Resources. Last
year, we attended 366 deliberately started secondary fires
involving wheelie bins, rubbish and bonfires. Attending fires like
this takes our crews away from other incidents and could delay our
response to a life-threatening incident - we can't be in two places
"Last year, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service attended 74
wheelie bin fires over the bonfire period. We would advise that if
you have a wheelie bin, to store it out of sight so it cannot be
stolen and set alight. If your bin is stolen, you may have to pay
for a replacement.
"We would urge people on the run-up to bonfire night to report
any build-up of combustible materials that could be used for
deliberate fires by calling 0800 731 5958 or via our
Facebook and Twitter pages."
To report any build-up of combustible waste and fly-tipping on
public land, call the council's Contact Centre on 01744 676789 and
quote "Good Guy". You can also report via the council's app -
search "St Helens Council" in your app store.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is also offering a phone
number to report fly tipping, which is through Fire Service Direct
on 0800 731 5958.
To report a crime, always contact 999 in an emergency.
Alternatively, you can call 101, contact @MerPolCC or