Finding babies covered in soot

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My sympathies to Mickley Lane residents who will soon have 58 allotments nearby. But beware: these are not covered by bye-laws preventing burning before 6pm.

Woodhouse allotments are sited between two housing estates and a nursing home and you can be certain that on one of the few sunny days we have, the bonfires start. They smoulder all day - and not just from garden waste.

My advice to Mickley Lane folk would be to never have your windows open on a hot day, don’t hang any washing out and never leave a baby snoozing in its pram in the nice weather (in a secure garden, may I add), as you will find it covered in soot!

Good luck!

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