Bedminster firefighters take to the road ahead of Bonfire Night

Firefighters from Bedminster Fire Station are working to reduce the risk of rubbish fires in Hartcliffe and Withywood between Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Last year the locations of often deliberate rubbish fires were plotted across Hartcliffe and Withywood and three routes were identified across the area.

Since Monday 24 October crews have been driving the three routes every day looking for potential fire safety related issues.

The aim is to actively engage with residents, providing reassurance and advice to improve fire safety in the community.

Bedminster Station Manager, Andy Goode said: “There are a number of things people can do to reduce their risk of being targeted by arsonists, including only putting rubbish and recycling out on the day of collection, keeping waste stored outside or in wheelie bins away from property and making sure litter doesn’t build up in shrubs and hedges.”

Avon and Somerset Police are also carrying out extra patrols around Hartcliffe between Halloween and Bonfire Night due to the number of arsons in the area.

If anyone is worried about anti-social behaviour they can contact the Police via their website or by calling 101.