MISCHIEF makers will not be tolerated.
That is the stark warning from Police as they prepare to crack down on anti-social behaviour in the run up to Hallowe’en and Mischief Night.
Mischief Night typically takes place on November 4 every year and can lead to youngsters engaging in acts of vandalism such as the throwing of eggs and flour at people’s property.
Police have teamed up with the Fire Service, East Riding Council, Neighbourhood Watch Groups and local schools to launch a ‘Your Mischief, their misery’ campaign.
The aim of the campaign is to protecting the elderly and vulnerable, as well as unsupervised children, and to reduce trick or treat vandalism.
“The message to youngsters is just don’t do it,” said Driffield PCSO Chris Webster.
From Hallowe’en on October 31 to Bonfire night on November 5 extra police officers will be out on patrol in Driffield and the surrounding villages.
‘No Calling areas’ have been set up with posters having been distributed for residents to display in their homes asking trick or treaters not to call.
Officers have also been visiting traders urging them not to sell eggs or flour to youngsters.
Parents have been advised to make sure they know where their children are and what they are up to at this time.
“If your child is going out on a night where are they going and do you know what they are up to because you don’t want the police bringing your child back and knocking on your door,” PCSO Webster said.
Posters featuring the ‘Haunters code’ have also been distributed to encourage little haunters to behave responsibly.
They include advice on how to be a safe trick or treater, such as ‘Don’t knock on doors where there is a sign saying no trick or treat here’, ‘Don’t enter any house, stay on the doorstep’, and ‘always go trick or treating with an adult’.
Neighbourhood Inspector John Thirkettel, of the Beverley and Driffield Neighbourhood Policing Teams said: “The distress and misery caused by anti-social behaviour and minor damage caused around Mischief Night can be traumatic for those targeted.
“It is very often the most vulnerable people in our communities that are the victims and we are committed to making sure Hallowe’en is trouble-free this year.”
Any concerns about anti-social behaviour can be reported to Humberside Police on 0845 6060222.
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