Avoid a real hor­ror story at Hal­loween

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS DOGFATHER -

OF­FI­CERS from Mac­cles­field Po­lice are re­mind­ing peo­ple to be safe and sen­si­ble this Hal­loween.

Po­lice Com­mu­nity Support Of­fi­cers are in the process of pay­ing vis­its to lo­cal schools, youth groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions to talk to young­sters about Hal­loween and Bon­fire Night.

Fly­ers have also been dis­trib­uted by the force for peo­ple who do not want to deal with trick or treaters, on which they can dis­play a yes or no mes­sage to call­ers.

And in­tel­li­gence is also be­ing used to con­cen­trate polic­ing pres­ence in ar­eas where an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour has been preva­lent dur­ing the night in re­cent years.

In­spec­tor

Steve

Grif- fiths, head of Mac­cles­field po­lice, said: “Tra­di­tion­ally, the num­ber of calls re­ceived by lo­cal po­lice in­creases dur­ing the Hal­loween and bon­fire night pe­riod, and most calls re­late to anti-so­cial be­hav­iour as a re­sult of peo­ple caus­ing low level nui­sance for res­i­dents.

“The qual­ity of life for our lo­cal com­mu­nity is of paramount im­por­tance, and my of­fi­cers, spe­cial con­sta­bles and PCSOs will be out in force to en­sure our com­mu­ni­ties feel safe and pro­tected.

“also want to take the op­por­tu­nity to urge par­ents to be aware of what your chil­dren are up to on Hal­loween. Ac­com­pany chil­dren trick or treat­ing rather than let­ting them go on their own to make sure they are safe and not be­ing a nui­sance to oth­ers.

“We don’t want to stop the fun of the Hal­loween cel­e­bra­tions, we just want peo­ple to act re­spon­si­bly and within the law.”

An­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour is of­ten linked to al­co­hol, and if young­sters are drink­ing on the street and con­gre­gat­ing in pub­lic places the po­lice have promised they will take ac­tion.

Sergeant Si­mon Degg, of the Com­mu­nity Team at Mac­cles­field, said: “We pre­pare for the Hal­loween week­end in con­junc­tion with our part­ner agen­cies well in ad­vance, with the aim of pro­vid­ing the com­mu­ni­ties of Mac­cles­field with a high vis­i­bil­ity polic­ing pres­ence to help re­as­sure res­i­dents that an­ti­so­cial or crim­i­nal be­hav­iour would not be tol­er­ated.

“If some­one has dis­played no in their win­dow we are ask­ing that their wishes are re­spected.”

The fly­ers will be dis­trib­uted across the town but are also avail­able on­line at the po­lice’s web­site at www.cheshire. po­lice.uk.

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●● Steve Grif­fiths, head of Mac­cles­field po­lice

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