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London fire boss urges Havering residents to have a safe Bonfire Night

PUBLISHED: 15:30 01 November 2017

Fireworks displayed  in Guy Fawkes at the Olympic East Village

Fireworks displayed in Guy Fawkes at the Olympic East Village

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The London Fire Brigade (LFB) is urging Havering residents to remain safe this Bonfire Night by attending organised displays rather than holding their own.

Last year was the busiest Bonfire Night in six years, with more than 500 incidents on November 5 compared to 150 in 2015.

In Havering, firefighters have been called out to 18 serious fires on the last five Bonfire Nights, and last year there were six major call outs compared to two in 2015.

LFB Group Manager Mark Hazelton said: “This year, Bonfire Night falls on a weekend again and while we want people to enjoy the celebrations, we also want them to stay safe.

“Last year was one of the busiest firework nights in recent years and three people were seriously injured.

“We want to avoid anyone getting hurt this year and I would strongly urge families to take children to an organised display.”

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