FIREFIGHTERS across Northumberland have thanked residents after a quieter-than-usual bonfire night.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service's control room handled 58 calls this year, with crews attending 39 incidents on the night.

That compares to 101 calls and 60 incidents last year.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer, Paul Hedley, said: "November 5th is generally our busiest night of the year, and we had well-rehearsed plans in place to deal with the anticipated increases in calls and incidents. 

"But thanks to our preparedness, the work we’ve done in the run-up with our partners to educate people on the dangers of fireworks and irresponsible fire lighting, numbers were well down on previous years. 

"I’d also like to thank all those residents who sensibly enjoyed the occasion and praise local organisations who laid on organised events – which are always the best way of enjoying a safe fireworks night."