Public safety has been brought to the centre of Lewes Bonfire Night, as final preparations are made.

This year’s event has had emergency services, local authorities and transport operators working together.

They said there is serious concern regarding overcrowding in the narrow streets of Lewes.

Superintendent Howard Hodges from Sussex Police said it is important to keep everyone involved safe:

“In order to achieve, this a wide range of partners have worked with the Bonfire Societies to put in place practical measures to achieve this.

“Whilst it is accepted that there will be some disruption on the night as a result this has been done for the sole purpose of reducing the numbers of people coming to Lewes in order to avoid overcrowding and to keep people safe.

Those who have previously been involved in Lewes Bonfire Night said past events have attracted as many as 60,000 people.

Nigel Cusack from East Sussex Fire and Rescue said:

“We know there are plenty of alternative bonfire events across Sussex throughout the autumn months which people can enjoy and support.

“Managed and organised firework displays help bring local communities together and often raise funds for good causes.

“ESFRS actively promote the attendance of your local managed events which helps reduce the chances of accidents with bonfires and fireworks at home.”

According to officials at Lewes District Council, travel restrictions have been put in place to deter people coming into the town.

They said they would encourage those who live outside Lewes to enjoy a bonfire event closer to home.