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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. 

Working Together

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 & YOU.

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 grassland.

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 at risk.

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 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 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 safety.

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 (hot-spots).

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 them.

Stay Safe, attend an organised bonfire and report anyone acting anti-socially to Merseyside Police on 101.