Merseyside Police is encouraging young people, families and businesses to play their part in helping to keep their communities safe over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.
Officers will be patrolling local neighbourhoods to ensure people can enjoy the festivities in their area safely but Merseyside Police cannot do this alone.
Parents and guardians are also being asked to help by taking responsibility for their children’s whereabouts and actions and to be mindful of any neighbours who may be elderly or vulnerable and who might feel frightened or intimidated.
Shopkeepers are also being urged not to sell any items that could be misused to cause damage – such as eggs, flour and cans of shaving foam or spray paint.
The force has also designed a short video – aimed at schoolchildren and young people – entitled ‘Don’t Trick or Mistreat’ – which shows the consequences of antisocial behaviour and the people who may be affected by it.
Chief Inspector Chris Hitchell, who is heading this year’s operation for Merseyside Police said:
“This is always a fun time of year and we want to make sure that everyone can enjoy the organised events and activities safely.
“We know that antisocial behaviour is of concern to people, particularly those who are old and vulnerable, and I want to reiterate my message that we will take robust action against those found committing antisocial acts.”
For information on activities happening over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period in Merseyside, visit: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/autumn-fun-2017