Northern Ireland

Halloween fire incidents in Northern Ireland drop by 18%

The Slipways beside Titanic Belfast illuminated at the annual Metro Monster Mash. Image copyright PACEMAKER
Image caption The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said the number of Halloween incidents was the lowest on record for 31 October

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service has reported an 18% decrease in Halloween incidents compared to last year.

The service said it received 141 calls and attended 102 incidents across Northern Ireland - the lowest figure on record for 31 October.

The majority of the incidents (45%) were located in the Southern Command Area.

Most involved rubbish, bonfires and calls where tyres had been set alight.

Meanwhile, in a separate development, police have confirmed that they made 12 arrests in Londonderry following Halloween celebrations on Friday.

This compares with 17 arrests in Derry last year and 21 in 2012.

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