Police report fall in number of Halloween call-outs

Posted on Tuesday 2nd November 2010 at 9:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Police across South Gloucestershire say they worked hard with local communities to ensure a horror-free Halloween.

Across the district, officers visited local schools and youth clubs to talk to young people about ‘Trick or Treating’ safely and responsibly. The talks reminded youngsters not to go into people’s homes and explained that they could be arrested if someone’s property was damaged in a prank.

Police also gave out posters for people to display in their homes either welcoming callers or asking ‘Trick or Treaters’ to leave them in peace, through Neighbourhood Watch and to sheltered housing accommodation.

Local shop workers also played a part, refusing to sell flour and eggs to children in the run-up to Halloween at the request of neighbourhood teams.

The hard work paid off with the lowest number of 999 and non-emergency calls to Avon and Somerset police since 2008.

On the night, uniformed police officers were joined by Police Community Support Officers, Special Constables and volunteers to provide a reassuring presence on the streets, while officers also patrolled in plain clothes.

Selected incidents reported by the police teams across the area

In the Filton Neighbourhood Area officers seized lager, cider, wine, pre-mixed and self-mixed cocktails from under-age drinkers in Little Stoke and Stoke Gifford.

Officers in Staple Hill are appealing for information after an Austin Metro was overturned in Moravian Road, Kingswood, at about 8:15pm on Sunday (31st October).

Police in Thornbury are appealing for witnesses and information after windows were smashed and a car driven over the rugby and football pitches at the Castle School Sixth Form, causing extensive damage, on Sunday afternoon (October 31st).

In Yate, a 20-year-old man was arrested after reports of aerials being snapped off 16 cars in Chargrove over the Halloween weekend. He was later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Source: Avon and Somerset Police

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