FIREFIGHTERS were called out to 36 bonfire incidents throughout Northumberland on Tuesday night.

On Bonfire Night, the service's busiest night of the year, fire control took 82 calls and crews attended 10 bonfires that were considered to be dangerous – half the number of last year.

They also received 26 calls which were false alarms, eight of which needed no action to be taken.

As a result, chief fire officer Paul Hedley, said the fire service were relatively quiet in comparison to previous years.

He said: “We always expect a busy night and our service was fully prepared with only one isolated, but unacceptable, incident of antisocial behaviour towards fire crews in Blyth.

“I’d like to thank to all the display event organisers, local residents and community members for their cooperation and support in creating an extremely enjoyable and safe bonfire night for the majority of people.”

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service works closely with other emergency services in the run up to bonfire night to promote key safety messages to school children and the general community and advocates attendance at licensed and organised display.