Police To Crackdown on Anti-Social Behaviour During Halloween and Bonfire Night weekend
30 October 2018 Local News
Staffordshire Police is urging residents to be vigilant as the nights become darker and Bonfire Night weekend begins.
Additional powers have been granted to officers to help crack down on heightened disorder and anti-social behaviour during Halloween and Bonfire Night.
A section 34 order will be in place, allowing officers to order someone to leave an area and not return for a specified time.
Chief Inspector Karen Stevenson, commander of the Stoke South Local Policing Team, said: “These extra powers are merely a precaution and we hope that the weekend passes without incident. However I must ensure my officers are equipped to deal with incidents swiftly and with the least amount of disruption to the local community.
“We do not believe there is any danger to the local community and we are liaising with community leaders to provide that reassurance.”
Officers are asking parents to remind children the following:
– Only go trick or treating with an adult or in a group of friends
– Plan your route and make sure your family know
– Be cautious of strangers
– Walk on the pavements and cross the roads carefully
– Go safely home before it turns too dark and late
– Don’t frighten elderly people
– Don’t call at houses with ‘no trick or treat’ leaflets on show
Homeowners not wanting to get involved on Halloween can download and print a free ‘no trick or treat’ leaflet from https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/Halloween.
For crime prevention advice, visit https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/info.