Happy Halloween for everyone

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Vulnerable residents who would rather keep trick or treaters at bay this Halloween are being offered a helping hand from NE Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership.

Posters bearing the slogan ‘Sorry – no trick or treat’ are available for residents, particularly the elderly, who do not want unexpected callers at their home.

Meanwhile, the partnership has joined forces with local retailers to launch restrictions on the sale of flour and eggs to under-16s in the run up to October 31 - a message which will be displayed in their shop windows.

Cllr Lilian Robinson, member with responsibility for Community Safety, said: “Whilst we don’t want to unnecessarily spoil the fun of young people taking part in trick or treat, these activities can cause concern for some residents.

“We hope that young people will take notice of such signs and not visit where they are not wanted. In addition, the restrictions on the sale of flour and eggs to young people is designed to reduce nuisance in the run up to Halloween.”

The initiative is being run as part of the partnership’s Safe, Secure and Responsible campaign – launched to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and boost pride in local communities.

Cllr Robinson added: “We also ask parents, grandparents, school teachers and others to remind young people intending to participate in trick and treat activities to act responsibly.”

Copies of the ‘no trick or treat’ poster, which should be displayed in a prominent place, such as a front window – are available from Council House, local police stations and Neighbourhood Watch schemes.

Copies can also be printed from the website at www.nedcsp.org.uk