'Mischief' wont be tolerated.
5:20pm 25th October 2010
Police won't tolerate 'mischief' as extra patrols planned
Police across North Yorkshire are reassuring residents that anti-social behaviour won’t be tolerated this autumn as extra patrols are lined up for the approaching Halloween and 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 over Halloween, Bonfire Night and Mischief 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 or ‘trick or treat’.
“Our message is simple, enjoy the season, have fun, but not at other’s expense or you will find yourself facing serious consequences.”
A selection of posters have been designed for residents and businesses which can be downloaded from North Yorkshire Police’s website, they include:
- No trick or treat poster for residents to display in their window or on doors if they do not want any callers
- Flour and eggs not for sale for businesses to display
- Fireworks and the law
- Anti-social behaviour
To download the posters and for more information about the law regarding fireworks go to http://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/halloween
Police in Harrogate have launched an operation with North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, starting on 23 October with 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.
Northallerton police are holding their annual Games Festival over the Halloween weekend. Make sure you don’t miss out, contact Sergeant Wilson at Northallerton police station on 0845 60 60 247 or email SNTNorthallerton@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk
Stokesley - the mobile police station will be in town from 30 October until 2 November for residents to call in for advice and a chat.
Whitby - youngsters from the Cop-a-lot scheme have organised a Halloween fund day on Friday 29 October with help from PC Karen Foster.
Thirsk police are holding a disco at Aspire for 11-16 year-olds on Friday 29 October.
Malton police are supporting a Halloween Skate Jam on 30 October at Norton skate park organised by youth worker Ryan Swain.
Some Safety Advice for Children
· 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
Advice for Neighbours:
- Not everyone appreciates trick or treaters. To prevent unwanted ghosts and ghouls, put a ‘no callers’ note on your front door or print out a copy of our poster.
- If you are prepared to receive the local monsters, switch on your outside light and remove any trip hazards. If you set lanterns outside your front door with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that costumes won't accidentally be set on fire.
- ·If you are driving on the evening of the 31st remember that excited children don't always do as they are expected, so slow down in residential areas and take extra care.
If things get out of hand, you feel intimidated, or a child or adult’s safety is at risk, contact North Yorkshire Police:
You should dial 999 when:
· There is a threat to life
· Violence to a person or property is imminent
· A serious offence is actually in progress
· A suspected offender is still at the scene of a crime or any delay in reporting the incident may prevent the offender from being apprehended
For non-emergencies call North Yorkshire Police on 0845 6060247.
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.
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