FENLAND: Children urged to play safe on Halloween
CHILDREN in Cambridgeshire will be dressing up and collecting treats next Friday for Halloween.The evening is always busy for police with increased reports of anti-social behaviour. Last year, between 5pm and 10pm, on October 31 the force received more
CHILDREN in Cambridgeshire will be dressing up and collecting treats next Friday for Halloween.
The evening is always busy for police with increased reports of anti-social behaviour.
Last year, between 5pm and 10pm, on October 31 the force received more than 350 `999' calls, compared to an average of around 250 calls for the same period on a normal Friday night.
Police are urging all children taking part in the festivities to stay safe and avoid intimidating people.
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To avoid confusion over whether or not a household is taking part in Halloween `No trick or treaters' posters can be downloaded from the force website - www.cambs.police.uk.
The posters can be displayed in windows and doorways and say, `Sorry - no trick or treat here thank you'.
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Additional patrols will be conducted during the evening to ensure the safety of trick or treaters and minimise anti-social behaviour.
Across central division officers have been giving out posters to shops which explain they will be restricting sales of eggs or flour to young people in the build up to Halloween.
PCSOs are also attending local schools with Huntingdonshire District Council to give talks on safe trick or treating.
In March officers are working with Trading Standards, Drinksense and local youth workers to help get the message across to young people.
Sgt Alan Boughen, from the March neighbourhood police team, said: "We don't want to spoil anyone's fun but it's important that young people understand that their actions can be intimidating to others.
"We want everyone taking part to enjoy themselves but not at the expense of others."
For further safety advice contact your local community safety department on 0845 456 456 4.