Young people fired up for safer bonfire night

The group teamed up with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and its partners to clean up the area around Four Acre, distribute fire safety leaflets to residents and highlight any firewood or rubbish that needed to be moved by the bonfire removal teams.

The project was organised by Neighbourhood Firefighter Ian Clarke, as part of the bonfire removal scheme which started in Merseyside last week to reduce the number of anti-social behaviour incidents and nuisance fires.

He said: "It's a great way of encouraging young people to really make a difference in their local area. Not only are they taking pride in their estate but they are keeping local residents safer from the risks of nuisance fires too."

Staff from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have been working alongside the five local authorities on Merseyside to rid the streets of potential bonfire material in the run up to November 5th.

They have been out and about across the region removing combustible waste such as fly-tipping, general rubbish and bonfire materials.

Residents can also report unsafe bonfires or large stock piles of wood or combustible materials by calling St. Helens Council Contact Centre on 01744 676789