Po­lice on pa­trol to curb un­ruly Hal­loween hor­rors

‘SORRY NO, TRICK OR TREAT POSTER’ AVAIL­ABLE TO STOP UN­WANTED CALLERS

Grimsby Telegraph - - News - By Peter Craig peter.craig@reach­plc.com

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.

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