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Keep Halloween Safe And Social

23 October 2015

Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and the PSNI are urging local people to keep their Halloween celebrations safe and social.

The message comes in the run up to Halloween when reports of anti-social behaviour tend to increase in line with the use of fireworks, which cannot be used without a licence.

Inspector Keith Jamieson said:

“Not everyone enjoys the sound of fireworks, and letting off fireworks in public places is irresponsible and dangerous.

“Police often have high visibility patrols operating in hotspot areas to prevent crimes occurring. What might seem like a prank to some young people may actually amount to carrying out an assault or causing criminal damage. Those involved in this type of behaviour will have to face the consequences.”

Chair of the Mid Ulster PCSP, Councillor Phelim Gildernew, said:

“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween but for some people this time of the year can be a nuisance, as evenings are interrupted with trick or treaters and noise.

“We’re encouraging everyone to be sensitive, sensible and safe. For example, parents should always go with their children if they’re out knocking on doors and only call at houses where there’ll be a welcome. If you’re having a bonfire, make sure you keep it well away from adjoining properties and don’t use potentially toxic material such as tyres.

“And remember, fireworks can be fun, but aren’t always so enjoyable for the elderly, pets and farm animals, so we are appealing to everyone to stay safe and act responsibly.”

For tips on having a safe Halloween click here.

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