Police on patrol to curb unruly Halloween horrors
‘SORRY NO, TRICK OR TREAT POSTER’ AVAILABLE TO STOP UNWANTED CALLERS
EXTRA police officers will be patrolling the streets of North East Lincolnshire to curb unruly antics over Mischief Night.
Top officers in Humberside Police want to make sure Halloween is “a spooktacular time for everyone” and respect those who do not want to join in. They vowed to step in swiftly to keep everyone safe and happy. Teams of police officers will be checking out the fancy dress costumes, as well as checking out everyone’s safety across Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham.
Inspector Mel Christie said officers will be focusing on areas where there have been issues with antisocial behaviour in previous years.
He said: “This is a great time of year and we want to do all we can to make sure it’s a fun and enjoyable time for everyone. “We know that this is one of our busiest times of the year, so we have arranged our shift patterns to ensure we have additional officers out on the street to deal with any issues that do arise as quickly as possible. “The last thing we want to do is spoil anyone’s fun and we’re really looking forward to getting into the ‘spirit’ of the occasion and checking out your costumes and decorations.
“But if we find you are behaving inappropriately we will step in.
“Some people – particularly the more elderly and vulnerable members of our community – can find Halloween genuinely frightening and that’s just not fair.
“We have created a printable ‘Sorry, No Trick Or Treaters’ poster that is available on Facebook and our force website.
“If you see this poster displayed or there are no Halloween decorations on show, skip this house and go somewhere where they’ll be happy for you to call.
“And if you have friends or neighbours who you know don’t want to be disturbed, why not print a copy out for them and take it round?”
We’ve also been doing a lot of work to try to prevent any issues from arising in the first place.
Insp Christie added: “Over the past week, we have been visiting schools to talk to pupils about keeping themselves and their friends safe if they’re out trick or treating and the importance of respecting the wishes of people who don’t want to take part. “We’ve also been speaking with local businesses to ask them not to sell eggs and flour to under 18s over the Halloween weekend, to try and prevent antisocial behaviour. “My final plea is for people to get in touch if they do experience problems, so that we can deal with it as quickly as possible. “If there is something happening in your area please let us know about it, by calling 101 or 999 if someone is in immediate danger
“It is likely to be busy, so please bear with us if you can’t get through straight away. It’s really important that you let us know, so we can make sure our teams are in the right area at the right time.”
Inspector Mel Christie warning officers will step in if Mischief Night gets out of hand.
Posters advise shopkeepers not to sell eggs and flour to under 18s.