Have a spooky but safe hal­loween

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - CITYBEAT - Rob Hill, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor: Com­mu­nity Safety (Peter­bor­ough and Cam­bridgeshire)

It’s that time of year again where ghosts and ghouls will soon be roam­ing the streets of Peter­bor­ough in readi­ness for Hal­loween. It can be a fun time for chil­dren and fam­i­lies - a chance to dress up and eat sweets - but for oth­ers it can be a source of worry and con­cern, par­tic­u­larly the el­derly or vul­ner­a­ble. Even a knock at the door can cause up­set, let alone a trick.

A good rule of thumb if you are out trick or treat­ing is to look on the doorsteps of the homes you are call­ing on. If they have pump­kins or dec­o­ra­tions dis­played they will likely be re­cep­tive to visi­tors, if they don’t, walk on by to an­other home that does.

There is also a safety el­e­ment to con­sider for chil­dren and young peo­ple who are trick or treat­ing. Make sure masks fit well, so they move with the child’s head and they can see when they turn their head to look to the left and right, par­tic­u­larly when cross­ing the road.

With the clock change tak­ing place this week­end and darker evenings upon us, if you are driv­ing on the roads dur­ing Hal­loween, slow down when you see groups of young peo­ple out en­joy­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties. You can add re­flec­tive tape to any cos­tume for bet­ter vis­i­bil­ity, or give your chil­dren glow sticks or glow ban­gles to make sure they can be seen and you can spot them. You could even get cre­ative and in­cor­po­rate these in their out­fits, what about glow in the dark skulls to carry their sweets in!

We’ve all read news sto­ries I am sure about the fire risk at Hal­loween and un­for- tu­nately it does tend to be a busier time for our fire and res­cue ser­vice, as it is for our po­lice ser­vice.

If you buy a cos­tume, make sure it’s made of flamere­sis­tant ma­te­rial and it’s the right length so not to cause a child to trip. Also, put can­dles and other naked flames away for Hal­loween as they can cause in­jury. Con­sider in­vest­ing in ar­ti­fi­cial can­dles if you want to achieve that spooky glow.

And my fi­nal tip - al­beit a more dif­fi­cult one to manage I ap­pre­ci­ate - it’s a good idea to tell your chil­dren to only take wrapped, pre-pack­aged sweets and make sure they don’t eat any­thing un­til a par­ent or other adult has in­spected it.

By fol­low­ing these easy tips you’ll be sure to have a fun and safe Hal­loween. And if you don’t want to be dis­turbed on Hal­loween, you can down­load a poster to dis­play from Cam­bridgeshire Con­stab­u­lary’s web­site - www.cambs.po­lice.uk

Aside from Hal­loween, Oc­to­ber has been a busy month for Peter­bor­ough’s Pre­ven­tion and En­force­ment Ser­vice. On Satur­day both the English De­fence League (EDL) and Peter­bor­ough Trades Union Coun­cil (PTUC) held demon­stra­tions in the city cen­tre.

Es­ti­mated num­bers were around 30 peo­ple for the EDL demon­stra­tion and 60 for the PTUC event.

Thanks to the plan­ning put in place, we en­sured that those tak­ing part in the march, and those who were in the vicin­ity, were safe and I’m happy to re­port that there were no se­ri­ous in­ci­dents on the day.

We had worked very closely with our com­mu­ni­ties, busi­nesses, po­lice and part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions over the past few weeks to al­lay any con­cerns and re­as­sure the com­mu­nity and to en­sure the city could re­turn to nor­mal as quickly as pos­si­ble af­ter the demon­stra­tions.

In other news, the Pre­ven­tion and En­force­ment Ser­vice is con­tin­u­ing to take ac­tion against those who lit­ter, fly-tip and com­mit anti-so­cial behaviour. Since 1 Oc­to­ber, in the city cen­tre we’ve is­sued 604 fixed penalty no­tices for those who con­tinue to com­mit en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes like lit­ter­ing, spit­ting and for cy­cling on foot­paths. If you’re un­sure of the law in re­la­tion to en­vi­ron­men­tal crime, visit the Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil web­site to find out more by search­ing ‘Pub­lic Space Pro­tec­tion Or­der’.

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