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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Shop owners in Norwich are working alongside police this week to try and make sure Halloween fun does not turn into antisocial behaviour.
South Norwich police community support officers (PCSOs) Julie Sayer and Laura Saunders have been working in their area recently to raise awareness of acceptable Halloween behaviour, as have police safer neighbourhood teams around Norfolk.
They were putting up posters in the McColl’s shop in Colman Road, Earlham, yesterday to let under-16s know that shops in the area will not be selling flour and eggs to them this week, in an effort to prevent Halloween ‘tricks’.
The PCSOs have also been visiting local schools, including City of Norwich School (CNS) and Colman Junior School.
PCSO Sayer, who has covered the area for six years, said: “People do seem to respect other people around here and I think that us going into schools and getting that message across helps.”
Often, Halloween can be a scary time for older people, but PCSO Saunders is confident the young people they have spoken to realise they must be respectful, adding: “We have distributed ‘no trick or treating here’ posters and so have all the housing associations, so it should be obvious where people should stay away.”
Anyone needing to speak to police can call the non-emergency 101 number, but always 999 in an emergency.