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Police crackdown on Hallowe’en yobs
A CLAMPDOWN on antisocial behaviour has been launched by police in the run up to Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night.
As part of a national week of action, North Yorkshire Police have urged shopkeepers not to sell fireworks, eggs or flour to youths this week, to try and reduce the number of complaints over mean-spirited trick-or-treaters.
Police officers and PCSOs will also carry out extra patrols in areas where antisocial behaviour has previously been reported, and residents will be offered ‘No Trick Or Treat’ posters to display in their windows.
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said: “While there are a great many people who enjoy the festivities at this time of year, there are others for whom it brings misery and raises the fear of crime.
“Anyone caught with items they are using to commit antisocial manner can expect to have them confiscated and face the prospect of legal action.
“Shop workers also have an important role in helping to reduce antisocial behaviour, by not selling items such as eggs and flour to young people. Furthermore, they are reminded that is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18.”
Officers will also work closely with students at the University of York and York St John University to try and reduce noise nuisance from late-night parties, and extra patrols will take place in Hambleton, Richmond, Selby, Scarborough, Ryedale, Harrogate, Knaresborough and Boroughbridge, with retailers urged not to sell eggs, flour or fireworks to juveniles.
Police will also use social media to offer advice to residents, and to provide information through @NYorksPolice using the hashtags #ASB or #InFocus, and on Monday, November 4, so-called ‘Mischief Night’, more than two dozen special constables will be on patrol throughout York, at known antisocial behaviour and burglary hotspots.
To download a poster go to northyorkshire.police.uk/halloween
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