SHOPKEEPERS in St Helens are being urged not to sell eggs, flour, cans of shaving foam or any items that can be misused at Hallowe’en.
Merseyside Police is encouraging young people, families and businesses to play their part in keeping communities safe over the Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night period and is warning anyone who commits incidents of anti-social behaviour to expect a swift response.
Extra officers will be out on the streets to ensure that people can enjoy the festivities in their area safely.
Officers are asking parents to help keep communities safe by taking responsibility for their children’s whereabouts and to be mindful of any neighbours who may be elderly or vulnerable and who might feel frightened or intimidated.
Chief superintendent Julie Cooke said: “This is a fun time of year for everyone across Merseyside and we want people to enjoy the organised events and activities safely.
“Our message during this period is simple – anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and anyone caught committing this type of offence will be dealt with firmly and robustly.
“No one should have to suffer being the victim of anti-social behaviour and I would like to reassure everyone that there will be extra high-visibility patrols during this time.
“While there will be extra officers on the streets, I want to take this opportunity to remind people to take responsibility for themselves, for their children and also consider elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends and relatives, to whom even a knock on the door in the dark, can be intimidating.
“Finally I would like to remind people who are out ‘trick or treating’ that throwing eggs or flour at buildings, writing graffiti or any other acts of vandalism amounts to criminal damage. Anyone caught committing these offences will be dealt with accordingly.
“Thankfully it’s only a small minority who take it too far and we hope that law-abiding members of the community enjoy this festive period.”
The force has been involved in a multi-agency operation to provide a whole range of activities across Merseyside, organise events and provide public reassurance.
Information about these events is available on the Merseyside Police and council websites.
Watch Manager Ian Mullen, arson reduction co-ordinator at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “We want people to enjoy a happy and safe Halloween and Bonfire Night.
“To prevent a fire during Hallowe’en, we urge people to use LED tea lights rather than candles or regular tea lights and advise people to keep clothing away from naked flames.
“We work with partners to prevent deliberate fires over the bonfire period. We would urge residents to help by not leaving combustible materials outside their properties and to ensure they bring their wheelie bins in immediately after the rubbish has been collected.
“If a fire appliance is called out to a deliberate fire it may delay a response to an emergency.”