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Have a safe not anti-social Halloween, say police
5:06pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
Halloween should be a fun event not an excuse for anti-social behaviour – that’s the message from Essex Police in the run up to the spooky festival.
Officers want everyone to enjoy October 31st and bonfire night but are urging people not to let the fun get out of hand.
Halloween can be an unsettling time for many people, especially elderly people and those who live alone so Essex Police will be taking a firm approach to those who cause problems for others.
In the run up to Halloween police officers and PCSOs will be working with retailers to encourage them not to sell things to young people that could cause anti-social behaviour or damage such as eggs and flour.
They will also be visiting schools to talk to students about the impact that behaviour that they may perceive as fun can have on their communities.
Officers are also asking parents to make sure their children do not go trick or treating alone and to remind them only to knock on doors of people they know.
Sgt Janet Bloomfield said: "The message that I want to give young people is please don’t throw food at people or their houses. At the very least this kind of behaviour is anti-social. At worst it could reach the threshold of a criminal offence and lead to your arrest.
"If you decide to go trick or treating please take care and think carefully about which doors you knock on, particularly if you know there are elderly people living in the area.
"The most important message is that we want all children and young people to enjoy Halloween and Bonfire Night by keeping themselves safe and making sure they do not cause any problems in their communities.”
Essex Police has been working with Essex Trading Standards on this campaign.
Cllr Roger Walters, Cabinet Member for Trading Standards, said: "We are working closely with Essex Police to do our part to ensure Halloween and Bonfire Night is a safe and enjoyable event for all. Everyone knows the distress that can be caused by anti-social behaviour at this time of year so we are asking shops to be vigilant around the sale of fireworks, eggs and flour. We will be visiting shop owners and staff who sell fireworks to give them help and advice.”
Young people are encouraged to visit the 2Smart website at www.2smart.co.uk/halloweento find out how to keep safe while trick or treating.
Adults who would rather not be bothered by trick of treaters can download a ‘no trick or treaters’ poster from the 2Smart website or Essex Police website www.essex.police.ukThere is also a poster for shopkeepers who would like to let customers know they will be restricting the sale of eggs and flour in the run up to Halloween.
Residents should call 101 if they feel concerned throughout the evening.
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