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Cheshire Police warning ahead of Mischief night

Police in Cheshire are warning people to enjoy Halloween responsibly or face consequences.

Every year, Cheshire Police has to deal with a high number of calls relating to anti-social behaviour as a result of people causing trouble during the Halloween and Bonfire period.

During Halloween last year, 1,041 calls were received reporting an act of anti-social behaviour. Of these, 144 were alcohol-related and 210 came in via emergency 999 calls.

For the Bonfire period, there were 1,129 anti-social behaviour calls, of which 180 involved alcohol and 237 came in via 999 calls.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts said: "Anti-social behaviour is unacceptable whatever the time of year. However, the Halloween period does historically produce an increase in the number of calls we take relating to anti-social behaviour. Therefore, our message is clear - parents be aware of what your children are up to on Halloween. Accompany children trick or treating rather than letting them go on their own to make sure they are safe and not being a nuisance to others.

"Additionally we want to remind shop owners about selling large quantities of eggs and flour to youngsters, as they may be used inappropriately to cause trouble.

"We don′t want to stop people having a good time - enjoy yourself, be responsible and remember not everyone wants to participate."

To help people who do not want to deal with trick or treaters, Cheshire Police have produced flyers displaying on each side "yes" or "no" to trick or treaters. If someone has displayed "no" in their window, we are asking that they are not disturbed. The flyers will be distributed across the county but are also available online.

Cheshire Police are also giving kids the chance to send in photos of their carved pumpkins and Guy Fawkes, for more information on this as well as the "yes" and "no" posters and other Halloween and Bonfire Night advice visit the Cheshire Police webpage below:
http://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice--information/bonfire-and-halloween.aspx

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