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Stroud Police To Increase Patrols For Halloween
Police in Stroud will be increasing their patrols in the town between Halloween and Bonfire Night in a bid to reduce the incidents anti-social behaviour and criminal damage that traditionally occur during the period.
On several dates in October and November Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will be out in force in a bid to deter behaviour such as aggressive trick or treating, the pelting of homes with eggs and flour and the anti-social use of fireworks.
As well as carrying out extensive foot and vehicle patrols, officers will be using a police van fitted with moveable CCTV cameras to film potential troublemakers and gather evidence.
In addition, in the days running up to Halloween, police will be visiting grocery shops in the area to ask them not to sell eggs and flour - the weapon of choice for many anti-social trick or treaters - as a single purchase item to young people under the age of 18.
Officers will also be engaging with local youngsters to advise them of the possible penalty implications of engaging in anti-social or disorderly behaviour.
Sgt Nick Browne, of Stroud police, said it was the intention of police to help make the Halloween and Bonfire Night period safe and enjoyable for the vast majority of local people.
"It is not our intention to stop youngsters from going trick or treating or people enjoying a fireworks display," he said.
"What we are aiming to do is target the small minority of individuals who get their fun from making the lives of local people a misery.
"Every year at around this time we see an increase in reports of people engaging in acts of disorder and anti-social behaviour.
"More often than not these reports come from vulnerable or elderly people who have been left scared and disturbed by the activities of some individuals.
"These activities can include aggressive trick or treating, and the associated criminal damage, and the setting off of fireworks in residential areas late at night."
Sgt Browne said police would use all the powers available to them to reduce anti-social and nuisance behaviour, including cautions, fixed penalty notices and, where necessary, arrest.
: 20/10/2006 09:48:47
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