Pilot goes district-wide

POLICE only received two calls from people experiencing problems with trick or treaters in Portishead on Halloween last year. The dramatic decrease in calls came as a result of the antisocial behaviour crackdown which saw local officers and police communi

POLICE only received two calls from people experiencing problems with trick or treaters in Portishead on Halloween last year.The dramatic decrease in calls came as a result of the antisocial behaviour crackdown which saw local officers and police community support officers join forces with the town's Local Action Team to conduct high visibility patrols of the town on October 31.The move to launch the initiative - which is now being rolled out across the district this year under the Be Safe, Be Seen at Halloween banner - followed concern about levels of bad behaviour, including incidents of egg throwing, in the town on Halloween.Portishead Police Community Sergeant Terry Scoble, who headed up the operation, said: "I am delighted that our high profile patrols last year, with volunteers from the local action team, were so successful."It meant that everyone in the town could enjoy Halloween safely and without fear. I am also pleased that the young people acted so responsibly."Halloween can be traumatic for our elderly and vulnerable folk and I am proud that our initiative will be shared with the other residents of North Somerset so they too will feel safe.


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