Halloween best behaviour plea

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TRICK or treaters are being warned to be on their best behaviour in South Holland as Halloween and Bonfire Night approach.

An increased police presence will be seen in the district’s communities over the next week in a bid to deter pranks from going too far.

Sgt Stuart Brotherton, from Spalding Police Station, said: “We want people to enjoy and celebrate Halloween and Bonfire Night in a sensible way.

“People who decide to undertake in anti-social behaviour will be dealt with positively and parents should be aware that the burden of responsibility rests with them.”

Officers in South Holland have been taking part in a two-phased operation to cover the celebration period.

It started last week with neighbourhood policing teams visiting local schools and elderly and vulnerable members of the community.

Posters warning against throwing eggs and flour have also been distributed across the district.

Having more officers on the beat until after November 5 is part of the reactive second phase of the operation.

Police Community Support Officers were at Spalding market on Tuesday to hand out safety advice and the Anti-Social Behaviour Team from South Holland District Council has also been brought in to give their input.

Sgt Brotherton said there had not been any issues so far, but warned that poor behaviour would not be tolerated.

He urged people to remember the dangers associated with fireworks and to avoid the temptation of throwing them or discharging them where they should not.

He added: “It’s a shame because most elderly people do not mind knocks at the door but it’s when it gets taken too far.

“They are not party-poopers and they have probably done it themselves ,but there is a fine line between what is acceptable and what is not.”