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Mischief night arrests fall across Merseyside
10:24am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
POLICE saw a seven per cent rise in the number of calls from the public during the annual crackdown on "mischief night" rowdyism.
Across Merseyside, officers arrested 36 people involved in anti-social behaviour, compared to 39 last year.
Operational commander chief superintendent Rowley Moore said: "This time of year is traditionally busy for the police service and our emergency service partners.
"This year we have worked to raise awareness in our communities about ways of reporting incidents and have seen a rise of seven per cent in the number of calls when compared to the same period last year.
"We realise the real effect that anti-social behaviour can have on people’s lives and where serious crimes have been committed, we have worked to ensure our officers have got to the people who need help and dealt swiftly with the problem."
Across the county, police reported a 2.6% reduction in anti-social behaviour and criminal damage incidents compared to last year.
Chief Supt Moore continued: "I’d like to reassure residents that we will be carrying on with our robust approach for the rest of the Halloween and bonfire period and continue to work to make sure that people feel safe when they are enjoying organised events this week.
"I’d also like to remind young people to take personal responsibility for their actions and not to cause people undue concerns and parents to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing.”
Police will be out in force between now and bonfire night and are asking everyone to play their part to ensure the period passes off peacefully.
Mischief night, or "Mizzy Night" as it is known locally, is an annual tradition when teenagers play pranks and do mischief in their neighbourhoods the day before Halloween.
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