Halloween sees fall in calls to police force

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CALLS to police about anti-social behaviour plummeted by more than a third this Halloween.

Hampshire police received 197 calls about yobbish behaviour on the night.

This is down 102 incidents and a total of 34 per cent on the number of calls received about anti-social behaviour on October 31 last year.

Between 4pm and 11.59pm on Wednesday police took 359 emergency calls.

The force control room also took 897 non-emergency calls via the 101 number.

During the run up to Halloween, Hampshire Constabulary distributed thousands of ‘No trick or treat’ posters to vulnerable and elderly residents for them to display by their front doors in a bid to deter unwanted visitors.

Local shops were also encouraged to display posters stating that they would not be selling eggs or flour to anyone under the age of 16 in the week before Halloween to minimise the chances of trouble being caused.

During October the ‘Halloween – No trick or treat’ page available on the Hampshire Constabulary website received more than 4,000 hits. The site had ‘No trick or treat’ and ‘No eggs or flour’ posters available for download.