Saturday, July 20, 2024

Halloween: Time for fun and not for bad behaviour

HALLOWEEN is a fun event for young people but not an excuse for anti-social behaviour.

As ghosts and ghouls prepare to take to the streets for Trick or Treat, Thurrock Council is reminding young people and their parents that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

The council’s portfolio holder for Public Protection Cllr Angie Gaywood said: “Halloween is an event that many people enjoy, dressing up, decorating their homes or visiting friends and neighbours.

“However trick or treat can sometimes be taken too far, intimidation and harassment is not fun and not part of Halloween.”

The council’s Youth Offending and Troubled Family teams will be on the streets of the borough over the Halloween period as part of a Stay Safe operation.

These operations provide officers from these services the chance to engage with young people on the streets, talk to them about their issues and, where necessary, deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour in conjunction with Essex Police.

Officers also take details of young people and contact their parents explaining the work being done to reduce anti-social behaviour and particularly youth crime.

Those trick and treating are also reminded to do so safely:
• Young children should stay with adults at all times.
• You should not knock on doors of people you do not know.

Cllr Gaywood said: “Some people do not want to take part in Halloween.

“Older or vulnerable people in particular will not want to answer their door at night and this should be respected.”

Essex Police have produced posters which residents can print off and display asking for no trick or treaters (attached).

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