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Halloween and Bonfire Night advice


12:01am 28th October 2011

People causing anti-social behaviour over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period can expect a swift response from North Yorkshire Police.

As well as having extra patrols out to deal with problems quickly, police are asking everyone to play their part to ensure that Halloween and “mischief-night” pass off peacefully and that people don’t use the nights as an excuse to cause anti-social behaviour.

Young people are reminded to take personal responsibility for their actions and not to cause people undue concerns. Some people find ghosts and ghouls calling at their homes distressing.

Parents are asked to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing. They are also asked to make sure that youngsters know the dangers of playing with fireworks, not only to other people, but also to themselves.

And shopkeepers are being urged not to sell items that can be misused to cause damage, such as cans of shaving foam, flour, eggs and matches, to young people.

North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be working together to ensure that any illegal fires are quickly extinguished and those responsible for starting them are dealt with rapidly.

Sergeant Daniel Spence, of North Yorkshire Police, said:

“Police will not tolerate any behaviour that causes problems in our communities and will deal with those responsible robustly.

"As well as stepping up patrols across the county, officers have also been visiting schools to explain to pupils that not everyone enjoys this time of year and it can raise the fear of crime.

“People out ‘trick or treating’ should remember throwing eggs and flour at buildings, writing graffiti and other acts of vandalism will be regarded as criminal damage and that anyone caught will dealt with accordingly.

“I would also like to ask that if you have an elderly or vulnerable neighbour that you keep an eye out for them and check that they are alright.”

“If you don’t want people visiting your home to trick or treat, you can download a poster from our website to display in a window.”

If you would like to download a poster please visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/crimeprevention and then click on the special occasions link.

Useful information


It is illegal for under 18s to buy fireworks, shops should refuse to sell to people under 18 and ask for proof of age if there is any doubt.

It is against the law to carry or use adult fireworks if you are under 18. An adult firework is any firework except a cap, cracker snap, novelty match, party popper, serpent or sparkler.

Under the Explosives Act of 1875, It is illegal to let off or throw a firework in a public place.  
It is illegal to sell fireworks form unregistered/licensed premises.   
Don’t light fireworks after 11pm, or midnight on 5 November, 1am on New Year’s Eve, Diwali or Chinese New Year.
No one of any age should be in possession of a category four firework unless you are a professional display organiser.

If anyone believes they have information about the illegal sale, use or possession of fireworks, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 247. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



Only trick or treat in your own neighbourhood unless you’re with an adult
Stay in well lit areas where there are plenty of houses
Make sure an adult knows the area you plan to visit and what time you’ll be back
Look out for ‘no callers please’ posters and respect your neighbours
Keep to pavements and trick or treat on one side of the street before crossing safely to the other side - don’t criss-cross


Don’t cut through back alleys, ginnels or fields, and don’t trick or treat too far from home
Don’t go alone - take an adult with you or stay in a group
Wait to eat any treats until you get home so that an adult can check them



The Pocklington and Wolds Weighton Neighbourhood Policing Team are launching a campaign within their area to highlight the problems caused over the October / November period leading up to and directly after Mischief Night on 4th November.

Historically, there have been problems over this period, particularly in the Pocklington, Stamford Bridge and Market Weighton areas. These have involved eggs and flour being thrown at houses and damage being caused.

Our campaign, under the heading "Your Mischief Their Misery" will run from 24th October to 6th November and will comprise the following elements:

1.    A poster and leaflet campaign throughout the Pocklington and Wolds Weighton area highlighting this problem.
2.    High visibility patrols in the areas where problems have occurred.
3.    Visits by the Neighbourhood Policing Team to retailers of eggs and flour to discourage sales to children and young people over this period.

We want to put out a very strong message to that minority of young people tempted to take part in this kind of activity. Basically, it is "Use your head! Don't do it!"

To those who are involved, just think:

"    How would you feel if the victim was your mum, dad, grandma or granddad?

"    How would you feel if it was your house or car that had been covered in eggs or flour? (Remember egg can permanently damage car paintwork)

To parents and carers we are asking the questions:

"    Do you know where your children are?

"    Do you know what they are doing?

We need your help here!    Please be aware!    Please be responsible!

And finally, this issue of responsibility also applies to shop-keepers and supermarket staff. Your shop will be getting a visit from one of our team. Please help us and your community by not selling large quantities of eggs and flour (or preferably none at all) to young people over this period.

As always, we must stress that these problems are caused by a minority of young people and it is this minority who we are targeting through this campaign.

The distress and misery caused by anti social behaviour and minor damage around Mischief Night can be traumatic for those targeted and very often the most vulnerable people in our communities are the victims.

This is not about fun. Very often these acts are openly malicious and property is permanently damaged. If offences are committed those responsible will be dealt with and our patrols will be out and about ensuring that we are around to do this.

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