Norfolk Police issues ‘Don’t be monsters’ Halloween plea
As youngsters across Norfolk gear up for Halloween celebrations on Saturday night, police have pleaded with revellers to enjoy the occasion sensibly.
Extra patrols will be in place across the county in an effort to deal with would-be troublemakers.
And senior officers are also planning to take their message onto social media in order to reach as many would-be Little Monsters as they can.
Police describe Halloween as a peak time of the year and say that more than 1,300 calls were made to them across Norfolk about Halloween-related issues in 2014.
Chief Inspector Dave Buckley, of the force’s operational partnerships team, said: “Our key message is for people to be respectful of others.
“We want everyone to have a happy Halloween and understand that these celebrations bring trick or treaters out into our community.”
“We’re asking people to please be mindful that some of our more vulnerable residents can find this a distressing time of year and having people knocking on their door after dark can be a scary experience.
“We would ask everyone to respect the wishes of those who choose not to celebrate this occasion.”
Posters have been made available for residents to display in their windows to indicate whether trick or treaters are welcome or if they do not wish to be disturbed.
Similar posters have also been made available for shop owners to say they will not be selling eggs and flour to under-16s ahead of Halloween.
All the posters can be downloaded from www.nor folk.police.uk/safetyadvice/halloweensafety/halloween posters.aspx
Meanwhile, local officers will also be visiting people who have been affected by problems in past years in a bid to offer reassurance.
And regular messages will be posted on the force’s social media platforms from its own Little Monsters – Vicky Vampire, Mike the Mummy, Freddie Frankenstein and Woof the Werewolf.
Assistant chief constable Nick Dean said: “As ever, we hope that people will take a responsible attitude to Halloween.
“Thanks to continuing support from the local media, parent agencies and local businesses; members of the public have responded well to our requests for them to act responsibly over this period.
“We will continue this good work across the county to keep the number of disturbances to a minimum.”