Norfolk and Suffolk Police will launch extra patrols this Hallowe'en
Extra patrols are being carried out by police officers in two counties this Hallowe’en as the forces urge revellers to respect other people’s wishes.
Both Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies say officers will be looking out for unsafe or irresponsible behaviour, particularly offences such as egg throwing or people setting off fireworks in public places, as Bonfire Night approaches.
The two forces have also issued special posters, available from their websites, which householders can download and display in their windows, either welcoming trick or treaters, or informing them they wish to be left alone. There are also Hallowe'en themed colouring posters for children and posters for shopkeepers informing customers it will not sell eggs and flour to people under 16, at the end of this month.
Police are also reminding people that any damage caused by throwing eggs will be treated as criminal damage, and those caught may be prosecuted. They face a criminal record if found guilty.
Retailers are also being encouraged to restrict the sale of eggs and flour to young people in the run-up to Hallowe’en, and reminded that it is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18 and to sell fireworks that fly erratically, including mini rockets and bangers.
Anyone with any concerns should call 999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergency assistance.
Tips for Trick or Treating
· Never go trick or treating alone or split up from your friends.
· Always check with your parents or carer first.
· Only go to houses where you or your friends know who lives there.
· Don't talk to strangers on the street or go off with them.
· Stay in well-lit areas.
· Ensure you can be seen by wearing reflective clothing and carry a torch.
· Take care when crossing roads - it may be hard to see so well in a costume.
· Although Halloween is about looking spooky, be careful not to frighten those who do not want to take part.
In Diss they are also available from the town council offices, the library and health centre.