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Essex: How to contact police over Halloween
Essex Police is urging everyone to use the appropriate number if they need to contact officers over Halloween.
Members of the public should dial 999 in a genuine emergency such as if a crime or serious incident is in progress, if there is serious risk of injury or a serious risk of damage to property.
But police say if residents need to raise a concern or get in touch for advice they should use the non-emergency number 101.
Claire Heath, Head of Customer Services for the force, said: "Essex Police is here to help everyone in need.
“However, past experience shows that during the Halloween period the 999 number is used to report matters such as young people ‘Trick or Treating’ in a local area, or pets being scared by fireworks.
“Such matters are most appropriately reported to police using the non-emergency, 101, number.
"It is very important that the 999 number is kept free so that officers can respond to genuine emergencies as soon as possible.
“So, this Halloween, we ask everyone to be responsible and help us to help you by using the non-emergency 101 number when appropriate.”
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