Safety top priority for Halloween
POLICE have said they want to make sure everyone stays safe tonight for Halloween and bonfire night next week.
Neighbourhood teams across the Avon and Somerset policing area, including Frome, have visited schools, vulnerable people and shopkeepers in the run up to Halloween and November 5.
Chief Superintendent Nikki Watson, who leads the response to antisocial behaviour issues, said: "This time of year has always been one of our busiest for 999 calls, with people reporting problems such as rowdy behaviour, criminal damage or fireworks being let off in the street. Thankfully we've seen a steady decrease in calls and problems in the past few years."
Shops are asked not to sell eggs or flour to children and reminded that selling fireworks to under-18s is an offence.
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Ch Supt Watson added: "People are being offered luminous orange 'Sorry, no trick or treat' posters, and reminded that we can take action against anyone committing damage or causing harassment, alarm or distress."
Trick or treaters are advised to stay in groups, tell someone where they are going, make sure they can be seen in the dark, to respect other people's property and not to go into strangers' homes.
The police advise anyone planning a bonfire evening to let neighbours know of their plans, not to leave paper or card recycling or anything else that is flammable in view of the street and to make sure the bonfire is a safe distance from any property, hedges, fencing and that there is a water supply. For advice on Bonfire Night visit www.dsfire.gov.uk.
People can report incidents on the night on 101 or online at www.avonandsomerset.police. uk/report. If it's an emergency they should call 999.
For a copy of the no trick or treaters poster see page 46