Warning to trick or treaters

GHOULS, ghosts and witches who go trick or treating this Hallowe en are being urged to be on their best behaviour. Huntingdonshire District Council and Cambridgeshire police are issuing the warning in a bid to try to prevent the usual antics of propertie

GHOULS, ghosts and witches who go trick or treating this Hallowe'en are being urged to be on their best behaviour.

Huntingdonshire District Council and Cambridgeshire police are issuing the warning in a bid to try to prevent the usual antics of properties being egged and floured.

Huntingdonshire Community Safety Partnership is working to reduce problems and fear of crime for residents through its Less Tricks More Treats campaign.

As part of the campaign, shops across the district which sell eggs and flour, as well as silly string aerosols, are being asked not to sell them to anyone under 18 for the next two weeks.


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Barbara Gowling, anti-social behaviour caseworker, said: "We do not want to stop young people having fun, but we want to make everyone aware that trick or treating can cause considerable concern to vulnerable residents."

Last year, between 5-10pm on October 31, Cambridgeshire police received almost 350 emergency calls, compared with 250 on an average night.

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To make clear which households are taking part in Hallowe'en and which are not, the police have created posters warning children the householders are not taking part.

Trevor Bracken, community safety manager, said: "If children see the no trick or treat posters I would urge them not to knock on the door.

"Patrols will be increased on the evening to ensure minimal intrusion to those who do not wish to get involved."

INFORMATION: The police posters are available to download from www.cambs.police.uk

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