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Merseyside Police is encouraging young people and their families to help keep communities safe over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period and is warning anyone who commits incidents of anti-social behaviour they can expect a swift response

Extra officers will be out on the streets across Merseyside over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period to ensure that people can enjoy the festivities in their area safely, whilst dealing with the minority who are intent on causing trouble.

Officers are asking parents to help keep communities safe by taking responsibility for their children’s whereabouts and to be mindful of any neighbours who may be elderly or vulnerable and who might feel frightened or intimidated.

Shopkeepers are also being urged not to sell any items that can be misused to cause damage, such as eggs, flour and cans of shaving foam.

Young people are reminded to take personal responsibility for their actions and not to cause people undue concerns.

The force has been involved in a multi-agency operation to provide a whole range of activities across Merseyside, organise events and provide public reassurance.

Information about these events is available on the Merseyside Police and council websites.

Chief Superintendent Julie Cooke, said: “This is a fun time of year for everyone across our communities on Merseyside and the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour during the same period last year was down on the previous year. However, our message during this period is simple – anti-social behaviour throughout this period will not be tolerated and anyone caught committing this type of offence will be dealt with firmly and robustly. No one should have to suffer being the victim of anti-social behaviour and I would like to reassure everyone that there will be extra high-visibility patrols during this time.

“I would like to remind people who are out ‘trick or treating’ that they should remember throwing eggs or flour at buildings, writing graffiti or any other acts of vandalism is regarded as criminal damage. Anyone caught committing these offences will be dealt with accordingly. I would like to stress that it is only a small minority of people who cause problems during this time but there are lots of organised events and activities going on across the region for people to enjoy.”
Anyone who would like to report incidents of anti-social behaviour is asked to call police on the 101 number.
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  


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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