Ban on eggs and flour sales to under 18s

POLICE are giving children in Weston lessons on the dangers of fireworks and warning them not to scare old people on Halloween. Officers will visit eight schools covering the Bournville estate, Oldmixon, Coronation, Potteries and Uphill to talk to childre

POLICE are giving children in Weston lessons on the dangers of fireworks and warning them not to scare old people on Halloween.Officers will visit eight schools covering the Bournville estate, Oldmixon, Coronation, Potteries and Uphill to talk to children aged between five and 16 about the festivities.It is illegal for under-18s to carry fireworks in public and shops are restricting the sale of eggs and flour to prevent youngsters from carrying out tricks.Pupils will be advised to draw up a list with their parents of friends and family to door knock and warned not to approach strangers' homes on Halloween.PCSO Claire Sketchley said: "We're doing this to get the safety message out there to the children. We want children to move around in groups, preferably with their parents, and watch out for their visibility on the dark nights." Thousands of homes have been given bright warning signs to stick in their front windows showing that they don't want to take part in the event.Signs have also gone up in shops including Tesco Express in Broadway saying under-18s will not be able to buy eggs and flour during Halloween.Councillor Ian Parker said: "It particularly bothers old people at Halloween as the trick or treaters are very persistent. They fear being egged by them."In my day we just used to mess about in the street, but didn't knock on any doors."It's good that the police are being pro-active and raising awareness, but whether it works is another thing.


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