When tricks are no treats

PUBLISHED: 11:16 19 October 2006 | UPDATED: 13:33 04 May 2010

Cut out and keep poster

Cut out and keep poster

ELY police are giving out the message Halloween Tricks are no Treat to shops and parents this week. The message comes in the build-up to Halloween, which can be an intimidating time for some older people. North Neighbourhood Sergeant, Alan Savill, issui

ELY police are giving out the message 'Halloween Tricks are no Treat' to shops and parents this week.

The message comes in the build-up to Halloween, which can be an intimidating time for some older people.

North Neighbourhood Sergeant, Alan Savill, issuing the message, said: "I am urging shops to be aware and think about who is buying their eggs. I would ask shops to not sell eggs to young children in the run-up to Halloween. This message is important for parents too. Be aware of what your children are doing.

"This is not about ruining Halloween for the young people of Ely, this is about asking them to think before they act. Many older people become extremely frightened when their home is targeted by youths with eggs or silly string. I know it may seem fun, but for a vulnerable person living alone it can be intimidating."

Officers are also reminding children who will be out trick or treating to follow some basic safety advice.

He adds: "We are urging parents to make sure they know where their children are going and what they are doing.

"If you are going trick or treating remember to always go with an adult or a group of people - never alone - and if possible, make sure at least one person has a mobile phone.

"Always tell someone where you are going, what route you will be taking and what time you expect to be back. Take a torch with you and be careful when crossing roads.

"We want children to have a fun on Halloween night, but most importantly we want them to be safe when walking around the streets in the dark.

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