Appeal to West Sussex parents this Halloween

Taxi driver assaulted by youth with knife in Southsea

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PARENTS are urged to ensure they know where their children are this Halloween and to celebrate safely.

Sussex Police is advising people not to let youngsters go out without an adult, and to respect notices displayed in the homes of people who do not want to take part in trick or treating.

Those with teenagers are urged to check where they are going, when they will be home, remind them to stay with their friends and not to knock on the doors of strangers or those who do not want to get involved.

The force is putting on extra patrols and is working with firefighters, councils and youth services to minimise trouble.

Chief Insp Laurence Taylor said: ‘For some, especially the elderly and vulnerable, it can be a distressing time. Many of the calls we get are about children and young people. Sometimes what they intend as fun can upset others, endanger people or damage property.

‘We would encourage parents to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing so that they can have fun safely and responsibly.’