Patrols on Hampshire streets at Halloween

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COUNTY council safety officers will try to keep the streets safe this Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Hampshire’s Accredited Community Safety Officers (ACSOs) will aim to deal with calls from people across the region who have been frightened or disturbed by trick or treaters and fireworks.

This year, teams of ACSOs will work alongside Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service on the evening of Wednesday, October 31 and the weekend leading up to Monday, November 5.

They will carry out high-visibility patrols on foot and in marked vehicles to provide a visible presence in Hampshire’s towns and villages in the hope of reducing the fear of crime and deter anti-social behaviour.

The officers will deal with low-level crime such as vandalism, underage drinking, untaxed vehicles, cycling on footpaths, fly-tipping and abandoned vehicles.

They can then share details of these incidents and any intelligence with local police, councils and Hampshire County Council Trading Standards.

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Cllr Ken Thornber, said: ‘This time of the year can be fun for many people, but for some of our more vulnerable and elderly residents it can be a frightening time.

‘Parents and children should be mindful that some of these members of our community do not wish to participate in Halloween and Bonfire activities and may in fact feel intimidated by groups of people calling at their doors.’