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Anti-Hallowe'en poster available to keep trick-or-treaters away
A POSTER has been made available for people in Hampshire who want to keep trick-or-treaters at bay this Hallowe’en.
Featuring the slogan ‘No trick or treating here’, Hampshire Constabulary hopes older and more vulnerable residents will pin it to their front doors so they do not become intimidated by groups of visitors.
Chief Inspector Jerry Patterson, neighbourhoods and partnership lead, said: “We’re not saying that we don’t want people to have fun at Hallowe’en.
“We just want to impress upon those taking part the need to behave appropriately and to be considerate of others.
“Every year, Hampshire Constabulary’s force control room receives calls from people who have been frightened or disturbed by trick-or-treaters in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
“Tackling anti-social behaviour is a priority for Hampshire Constabulary and police officers will be targeting hotspot areas during Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night to ensure that people are respecting others in their local neighbourhood.”
Shops will also display posters to remind people that eggs and flour will not be sold to under-16s in the run-up to Hallowe’en on Wednesday.
The force has also issued advice for children and their parents preparing to go out on Hallowe’en.
It includes making sure that children wear reflective clothing or tape if they’re going outside in a costume, to carry a torch and a mobile phone, and not to accept lifts from strangers.
To download the poster – pictured top right – visit hampshire.police.uk.
*An alternative to trick-or-treating is also being provided by the borough council this Hallowe’en.
Hallowe’en Streetz will offer free half-term evening activities for 11-to-17-year-olds in Buckskin, Popley, Chineham, South Ham, Hatch Warren and Winklebury from today to Friday.
Sponsored by Basingstoke-based biopharmaceutical company Shire, with financial support from Sovereign Kingfisher Housing Association, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Anvil Arts and the Community Safety Forum, the sessions will run like a drop-in youth club with equipment including bungee runs, sumo suits and interactive fitness walls.
For more information, visit basingstoke.gov.uk/streetz or call 01256 844844.