Posters are just the trick on trick or treat night

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FREE POSTERS discouraging unwanted trick or treaters from calling on residents are available from Derbyshire Police.

The posters are part of a plan to target the annual trend of increased calls to officers about anti-social behaviour around Halloween and bonfire night and can be put up in front room windows or doors by people who don’t want to be visited.

Officers are also giving a different poster to shopkeepers that tells customers that eggs and flour will not be sold to anyone under the age of 16.

Neighbourhoods will be patrolled to reassure residents, and officers will use powers to disperse large groups of youngsters if they are found to be causing a nuisance.

Assistant Chief Constable Alec Wood said: “Youngsters need to remember that some people, especially those that are elderly or more vulnerable, might be distressed by strangers knocking at their door. We are asking all trick or treaters to respect their wishes and do not to call at homes where the poster is displayed.”

Tips for a safer Halloween include: young children trick or treating should be accompanied by an adult; call at houses where you know the occupants rather than strangers; respect the wishes of individuals not to take part in things like Trick or Treat and follow the doorstep code when answering your door to unexpected callers.

Rules around fireworks include: fireworks cannot be set off between 11pm and 7am, except for Bonfire Night, when they can be let off until midnight; it is illegal for anyone under 18 to buy or carry fireworks and throwing or setting off fireworks in the street is illegal.

For more information or a Halloween poster contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team on the new Derbyshire Police non-emergency number of 101 or visit www.derbyshire.police.uk.