West Norfolk police target Halloween tricksters

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Trick or treaters are being urged to show respect for residents and keep their tricks within the law this Halloween as police step-up patrols across Norfolk.

Extra police will be on duty and will work with residents and businesses to ensure that celebrations remain safe during what can be one of the busiest times on the police calendar.

Inspector Paul Garrard, from the Operational Partnerships Team explained: “Our key message here is for people to be respectful of others.

“We want everyone to have a happy Halloween and understand that this celebration brings trick or treaters out into our community.”

“Last year we had very few reported Halloween-related incidents and hope that this will continue. We are asking people to please be mindful of our more vulnerable residents who can find this a distressing time of year, and find people knocking on their door after dark a scary experience.

“We would ask everyone to respect the wishes of those who choose not to celebrate this occasion.

“The same applies for Bonfire Night – we urge everyone to have fun, stay safe and respect residents in their neighbourhood.”

Norfolk Police received around 55 Halloween calls in 2013. This continued the trend of a reduction in calls over Halloween that Norfolk has seen over the past few years from 98 in 2009.

A selection of posters are available at www.norfolk.police.uk for people to display in a window – dependent on their view of Halloween.