Police warn trick or treat youngsters

Police are urging trick-or-treaters to show consideration for vulnerable and elderly members of the community this Halloween. In recent years the evening has made some people feel anxious and distressed.

Police are urging trick-or-treaters to show consideration for vulnerable and elderly members of the community this Halloween.

In recent years the evening has made some people feel anxious and distressed.

A police spokesman said: “We do not want to spoil Halloween fun, but would like trick-or-treaters to think about the consequences of their actions on the night.”

Norfolk police have designed a poster which residents can put in their window if they do not want to be disturbed on Halloween night. It can also be downloaded free online at www.safernorfolk.co.uk a week before Halloween. Safer Neighbourhood Teams across the county will also be putting a number of initiatives into practice.


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Trick or treaters are asked to follow these dos and don'ts:

Always go trick or treating with an adult, only go to houses where you or your friends know who lives there, stay in areas that are well lit with street lights but also take a torch just in case, stay with your friends, do not split up into small groups, be visible and take care when crossing the road.

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Do not talk to strangers on the street, don't enter any house - stay on the doorstep, don't knock on doors where there is a sign saying 'no trick or treat here' and even though Halloween is supposed to be spooky, be careful not to frighten the elderly.

For more information, contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0845 456 4567 or visit their website www.safernorfolk.co.uk

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