Police target Halloween trouble hotspots

A Hampshire Police poster asking trick or treaters not to call
A Hampshire Police poster asking trick or treaters not to call

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POLICE are targeting anti-social behaviour hotspots in the Portsmouth area in a bid to reduce any trouble this Halloween.

The public are urged to respect others and be considerate if out trick-or-treating.

Officers are reminding children and their parents that some more vulnerable or elderly residents may not want to take part and feel intimidated by people knocking at their door.

Ch Insp Jerry Patterson said: ‘Tackling anti-social behaviour is a priority for Hampshire Constabulary and police officers will be targeting hotspot areas across the two counties during Halloween and bonfire night to ensure that people are respecting others in their local neighbourhood.’

Ch Insp Patterson has said the move isn’t about stopping people from having fun.

He added: ‘We just want to impress upon those taking part the need to behave appropriately and to be considerate of others.’

Meanwhile the Safer Portsmouth Partnership’s Bonfire Action Team is acting as a first response to bonfire call-outs between 5pm and 8:30am.

The specialist team consists of police officers, police community support officer and staff from the city council and contractors Colas.

They will decide what action if any needs to be taken and could ensure a bonfire is put out if it is believed to be out of control.

Go here to download a Hampshire Police poster saying you don’t want trick or treaters to call.