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Stay safe this Halloween

31 October 2023

2023 Norfolk Constabulary

Stay safe this Halloween

Stay safe this Halloween

Stay safe this Halloween

Norfolk Police have one simple message this Halloween - please respect the wishes of others.

Halloween is fun for many people but can leave some vulnerable members of our communities feeling distressed and intimidated following uninvited guests at their doorstep.

You can let trick-or-treaters know if they're welcome or not at your home with our Halloween posters. 

They are available to download here to display in your home.

Chief Superintendent David Buckley said: “We know Halloween can be an enjoyable event for people of all ages and we don't want to spoil anyone's fun. 

“Please do look out for each other though, and be responsible with your plans. When trick and treating, please only visit those who have expressed they are happy to be involved and respect the wishes of those who are not.

It's important to remember not everyone enjoys this annual occasion and to understand the consequences of irresponsible behaviour.”

Retailers are being encouraged to restrict the sale of eggs and flour to young people in the run up to Halloween, and are reminded that it is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18 or to sell fireworks that fly erratically including mini rockets and bangers. 

Norfolk Police are also reminding people that any damage caused by throwing eggs will be treated as criminal damage, and those caught throwing eggs may be prosecuted. They face a criminal record if found guilty.

Keep an eye out for additional safety messages on Norfolk Constabulary's website and social media accounts during and around Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night.

Anyone with any concerns, please call 999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergency assistance. Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity.

Tips for having a safe and spooky Halloween

· Never go trick or treating alone or split up from your friends.

· Always check with your parents or carer first.

· Only go to houses where you or your friends know who lives there.

· Don't talk to strangers on the street or go off with them.

· Stay in well-lit areas.

· Ensure you can be seen by wearing reflective clothing and carry a torch.

· Take care when crossing roads - it may be hard to see so well in a costume.

· Although Halloween is about looking spooky, be careful not to frighten those who do not want to take part.

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