MISCHIEF makers in York and North Yorkshire will not be tolerated, police have warned.

Increased high-visibility patrols will be deployed in trouble hot-spots this evening to prevent those who try and spoil the build-up to Bonfire Night and cause misery for others.

In previous years, nuisance youths have used “Mischief Night” – traditionally on November 4 – and the evenings leading up it.

However police have vowed to crack down on any intimidating or criminal behaviour.

Extra officers will be drafted in to ensure people behave responsibly and that young people are not buying fireworks illegally.

Inspector Mark Khan, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “This time of year is often feared by vulnerable members of our community.

“We want to send a clear message that we will not tolerate any trouble under the guise of mischief.

“Our message is simple, enjoy the season, have fun, but not at other’s expense or you will find yourself facing the consequences.”

It is illegal for under 18s to buy, carry or use adult fireworks and shops should refuse to sell to people under 18 and ask for proof of age if there is any doubt.

Posters have been designed for residents and businesses which can be downloaded from www.northyorkshire.police.uk/bonfire, outlining warnings about fireworks and the law.

Emergency services have been running a joint safety operation in the build-up to Bonfire Night, during which time officers from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and North Yorkshire Police will respond to cases of suspected arson.

Anyone with information about the illegal sale, use or possession of fireworks, should phone police on 0845 6060247 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.