Barbecue fans warned to get rid of their rubbish safely

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FIREFIGHTERS have warned people enjoying barbecues on Southsea Common to make sure everything is safely put out before throwing it away.

Southsea’s firefighters were called to two incidents where disposable barbecues are believed to have caught light to bins on Saturday evening.

They were called to the first one near the war memorial on the seafront at about 8.30pm on Saturday, before being called to a second bin fire near the skatepark about 15 minutes later.

Crew manager Steve Jolliffe said: ‘If people are having barbecues, they need to make sure they’re properly out and they should dispose of them correctly.

‘We should enjoy ourselves but make sure we do it safely.

‘The bins have been overflowing over the weekend, so if that is the case, people need to make sure they are extra careful.

‘If they can’t put the rubbish in the bins, make sure they put it safely near to them.’

Barbecues are only allowed in designated zones on Southsea Common.