Watch above as we meet Superintendent Paddy Kelly to get some tips on how you can stay safe and to find out ho Merseyside Police prepare for such a busy period.
There will be extra police officers out on the streets across Merseyside to ensure that people can enjoy the Halloween and Bonfire Night festivities in their area safely over the coming days.
But, officers are also asking parents to help keep communities safe by taking responsibility for their children’s whereabouts and to be mindful of any neighbours who may be elderly or vulnerable and who might feel frightened or intimidated.
Shopkeepers are also being urged not to sell any items that can be misused to cause damage, such as eggs, flour and cans of shaving foam.
Together with Merseyside Fire and Rescue, North West Ambulance Service, local councils and other partner agencies, we’ll aim to do all we can to keep residents and visitors safe, whilst also ensuring emergency service staff working over this festive season are able to carry out their jobs safely and effectively.
Superintendent Paddy Kelly, who is once again heading this year’s operation for Merseyside Police said: “This is always a fun time of year and we want to make sure that everyone can enjoy the organised events and activities safely.
“Our message during this period is simple – anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and anyone caught committing this type of crime will face serious consequences.
“No one should ever feel afraid or vulnerable and I want to again reassure the public that there will be high-visibility patrols and I encourage you to come and speak to us should you ever feel scared or at risk of someone else’s harmful behaviour.
“I’d ask anyone considering taking part in criminal activity to really think; how would you feel if your family member or friend was too frightened to leave their own home or walk down the street? Under no circumstances is it ok to throw things at people, their homes or cars, commit criminal damage or abuse or intimidate people.
“The support of parents, guardians, teachers and care professionals is vital at this time of year. Together, we can minimise the risk of children getting caught up in criminal behaviour. Not only is causing damage by throwing objects a criminal offence, it is also illegal for those under the age of 18 to buy, carry, or use fireworks. Under the Explosives Act of 1875 it is also illegal to let off or throw a firework in a public place; so please consider the legal repercussions before engaging in this activity.
“By working together to actively prevent this, it could ensure that you don’t receive a knock at the door from a police officer informing you that your child has been arrested or, worse still, has been involved in a serious accident.”
Lauren Woodward, Station Manager for Arson/Incident Investigation with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: “Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service would like everyone to enjoy the Bonfire night period as safely as possible. Each year, we work closely with partner organisations to ensure community safety throughout the bonfire period.
Parents should remind young people that obstructing the emergency services in the course of their duties is an offence and could result in serious consequences for themselves and others. Have a word with your child about right and wrong before they go out.”
To report a crime, always contact 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, you can call 101, contact @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK.
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