Police issue warning to mischief makers

People causing anti-social behaviour over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period can expect a swift response from North Yorkshire Police.

As well as having extra patrols out to deal with problems quickly, police are asking everyone to play their part to ensure that Halloween and “mischief night” pass off peacefully and that people don’t use the nights as an excuse to cause anti-social behaviour.

Young people are reminded to take personal responsibility for their actions and not to cause people undue concerns. Some people find ghosts and ghouls calling at their homes distressing.

Parents are asked to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing. They are also asked to make sure that youngsters know the dangers of playing with fireworks, not only to other people, but also to themselves.

Shopkeepers are being urged not to sell items that can be misused to cause damage, such as cans of shaving foam, flour, eggs and matches, to young people.

Sergeant Daniel Spence, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Police will not tolerate any behaviour that causes problems in our communities and will deal with those responsible robustly.

“People out ‘trick or treating’ should remember throwing eggs and flour at buildings, writing graffiti and other acts of vandalism will be regarded as criminal damage and that anyone caught will be dealt with accordingly.”