Police bid to reduce Halloween nuisance

Hampshire Police poster for Halloween
Hampshire Police poster for Halloween
Picture: Malcolm Wells

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PEOPLE who don’t want to be disturbed by trick or treaters this Halloween are urged to display posters produced by police near their front door.

The ‘no trick or treat’ signs are available from Hampshire Constabulary as part of the force’s bid to reduce anti-social behaviour.

Those out trick-or-treating are also urged to be aware that some vulnerable or elderly people may feel intimidated by groups calling at their door.

Some local shops are displaying posters reminding shoppers that eggs or flour will not be sold to under-16s in the run-up to October 31.

Chief Insp Jerry Patterson said: ‘Every year, Hampshire Constabulary’s force control room receives calls from people who have been frightened or disturbed by trick or treaters in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.’

He added: ‘We’re not saying that we don’t want people to have fun at Halloween, we just want to impress upon those taking part the need to behave appropriately and to be considerate of others.’

Visit hampshire.police.uk and search ‘Halloween’ to download posters. To report any incidents of anti-social behaviour call police on 101 or dial 999.