Police preparing to crack down on antisocial behaviour during Halloween and bonfire night

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A CRACK down on antisocial behaviour will be launched by police this weekend.

This year, as in previous years as part of Operation Orleans, Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be working alongside colleagues from the Fire and Rescue Service and local councils to proactively target offenders and take steps to enforce the law where people mis-use fireworks, or commit anti-social behaviour and violence.

PCSOs have been handing out “No trick or treat this Halloween” posters for those who do not wish to have doorstep callers. The posters are displayed prominently in the front window or by the door of houses where people do not want to have any trick or treaters. The posters also have advice on the rear about dealing with distraction cold caller visitors.

Elsewhere, as part of a multi agency approach involving the Education Department, schools have been issued with posters about the fun elements of the Halloween and Bonfire night celebrations, providing advice on keeping safe and reminding revellers not to target people displaying a “No trick or treat” poster.

The message being given to shop keepers is to encourage them not to sell eggs and flour to people under the age of 18 years during the Hallowe’en period. These are often used to target houses and cars, causing fear and anger within the community. Posters have been provided to shop keepers explaining that they are following this guidance .

As well as undertaking additional patrols Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be utilising their powers to Stop and Search, seize alcohol and seize fireworks. They will also be entitled to use dispersal powers under Section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006.

In addition test purchasing operations to prevent the sale of fireworks and alcohol to underage people are planned.

George Stepney, Community Protection Manager for Warwickshire Police, said: “We don’t want to stop people having fun, but we do want to make sure that people are sensible and that they don’t cause fear or upset to those members of our communities who don’t wish to get involved.

“Halloween and Bonfire Night have long standing traditions and are great fun if they are enjoyed safely and with consideration to others, but be aware that anyone who over steps the mark will be dealt with firmly.”