Police promise Hallowe'en anti-social behaviour crackdown in Somerset
Police have promised to crack down on any Hallowe'en anti-social behaviour in Somerset tonight.
There will be an increased police presence in communites across the county, with officers targeting potential anti-social behaviour hotspots.
Extra staff are also being drafted into the Portishead police headquarters to deal with an anticipated increase in the number of 999 emergency calls and 101 non-emergency calls.
"We would urge people not to abuse the 999 calls system and only report genuine emergencies," said an Avon and Somerset Police spokesman.
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"Any flour or egg-related incidents should be reported on the force 101 number or online via the crime reporting form.
"Parents of younger children taking part in the Hallowe'en festivities are being encouraged to accompany their children or ensure they remain in groups, wear reflective or bright clothing and inform their parents of where they will be.
"Older children are being encouraged to respect those people who don’t want to take part in Trick or Treat."
The force has created a Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Code, as well as a poster for householders to let young people know if they are not happy to receive callers.
A poster has also been created for shop owners to display in their windows, restricting the sale of items such as fireworks, eggs and flour.
All three posters can be downloaded or printed off by clicking the links below.
As well as high profile patrols tonight, police have also been working with schools in the build-up to Hallowe'en.
'No trick or treaters' posters have already been delivered to vulnerable and elderly residents, who have been encouraged to display them prominently.
AVON AND SOMERSET POLICE HALLOWE'EN POSTERS