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Don't turn Hallow'een into anti-social nightmare, say police
8:40am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
PEOPLE in Wirral causing anti-social behaviour over the halloween and bonfire night period can expect a swift response from Merseyside Police.
As well as having extra patrols out to deal with problems quickly, police are asking everyone to play their part to ensure the period passes off peacefully and that people don't use the nights as an excuse to cause anti-social behaviour.
Young people are reminded to take personal responsibility for their actions and not to cause people undue concerns.
Parents are asked to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing. They are also asked to make sure that youngsters know the dangers of playing with fireworks, not only to other people, but also to themselves.
And shopkeepers are being urged not to sell items that can be misused to cause damage, such as cans of shaving foam, flour, eggs and matches, to young people.
Merseyside Police and Fire and Rescue Service are working together to ensure that any illegal fires are quickly extinguished and those responsible for starting them are dealt with rapidly.
Chief Superintendent Rowley Moore said: "Police will not tolerate any behaviour that causes problems in our communities and will deal with those responsible robustly.
"As well as stepping up patrols across the county, officers have also been visiting schools to explain to pupils that not everyone enjoys this time of year and it can raise the fear of crime.
"People out 'trick or treating' should remember throwing eggs and flour at buildings, writing graffiti and other acts of vandalism will be regarded as criminal damage and that anyone caught will dealt with accordingly.
"I would also like to ask that if you have an elderly or vulnerable neighbour that you keep an eye out for them and check that they are all right."
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