Halloween season will see crime crackdown

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POLICE have joined forces with other agencies to combat anti-social behaviour during the halloween and bonfire season.

Operation Fender will see Chichester’s Community Safety Partnership – which includes community wardens, Chichester District Council, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Sussex Police, registered social landlords and West Sussex County Council – working together.

As well as tackling nuisance, the operation wants to promote firework safety.

Officials will be working with schools to provide advice and guidance on standards of behaviour and talk to people about the risks to themselves and others from ‘trick or treat’ activity.

They will hand out posters to residents who may feel vulnerable which will carry the message ‘Please do not trick or treat here’.

Chief Inspector Rachel Bacon, from Sussex Police, said: ‘Of course, we don’t want to stop youngsters enjoying themselves, but they should bear in mind how vulnerable members of the community feel about having callers knocking on their door late at night.’

Shops selling fireworks will be visited by Trading Standards officers to ensure they are compliant.

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