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Crack down on mischief night

Crack down on mischief night

8:14am 4th November 2010

Police repeat reassurance of extra patrols to combat mischief

Police across North Yorkshire are reiterating their reassuring to communities that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated as extra patrols are lined up for the approaching Bonfire Night festivities.

Enjoyed by many but often used as an excuse for anti-social and criminal behaviour by a minority, police are determined that the season will not mean misery for law-abiding residents.

Extra patrols across the county will target anti-social behaviour hot-spots and provide a reassuring presence on Mischief Night (Thursday 4 November) and Bonfire Night.

Inspector Mark Khan, of North Yorkshire Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Development Team, said: “This time of year is often feared by vulnerable members of our community we want to send a clear message to those who use the season as an excuse for intimidating and anti-social behaviour, that we will not tolerate any trouble under the guise of mischief.

“Our message is simple, enjoy the season, have fun, but not at other’s expense or you will find yourself facing the consequences.”

A selection of posters have been designed for residents and businesses which can be downloaded from North Yorkshire Police’s website, they include:

    • Fireworks and the law
    • Anti-social behaviour


To download the posters and for more information about the law regarding fireworks go to www.northyorkshire.police.uk/bonfire

Police in Harrogate and the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are running an operation which started on 23 October.  Officers are giving talks to secondary school students on the dangers and consequences of starting fires. This will be followed up by joint responses to incidents by police and fire officers.

Anyone who has any information about the illegal sale, use or possession of fireworks should contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 247. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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