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

As well as having extra patrols out to deal with problems quickly, police are asking everyone to play their part to ensure that the Halloween and Bonfire Night period passes 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.

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.

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

Chief Superintendent Rowley Moore of Merseyside Police said, 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.”

Watch Manager Ian Mullen, who is leading the bonfire strategy for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service this year, said: “Setting fires and playing with fireworks is dangerous and can cause serious injury. We would urge parents to ensure their children are aware of the dangers. We want families to stay safe and enjoy Halloween and Bonfire Night this year.

“We would also ask people in the community to help by not leaving combustible materials around for people to build bonfires. People can report bonfire material by calling 0800 731 5958 and working with our partners we will attempt to remove it.”

Firework Facts

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, sparkler or throw down

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

If anyone believes they have information about the illegal sale, use or possession of fireworks, please contact Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958 , Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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, parks 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

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