Police presence increased over bonfire night
POLICE are stepping up patrols in the Somerton and Langport area as Hallowe'en and bonfire night are celebrated in the town.
Officers are preparing for the annual events that can provide some of the busiest times for 999 calls.
Avon and Somerset Police officers have been speaking to youngsters in a campaign to provide safety advice as the celebrations fall in the school half-term holidays this year.
Sergeant Rob Jameson, of Somerton Police Station, said there will be more officers and PCSOs patrolling the area both tonight and on Tuesday evening.
He said: "These are annual events and we know it's a time when kids are perhaps out and about a bit more, and we know there are some people who get very worried about that.
"We are certainly prepared. We will have more patrols with more officers and more PCSOs and we will be keeping an eye on the usual areas where youngsters tend to hang out."
Mr Jameson said this will include parks and recreation grounds in the area.
His team has also been visiting schools and youth clubs to make children aware of safety issues and the law.
The police force has been offering locals orange "Sorry, no trick or treat" posters, which remind people that the police can take action against anyone committing damage or causing harassment, alarm or distress. Shops have been asked not to sell eggs or flour to children at this time as these have previously been thrown at properties.