Cleaning up Halloween

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HALLOWEEN should be a little less messy this year thanks to an initiative launched by police and other agencies targeting the sale of flour and eggs to children.

The PSNI, Craigavon Community Safety Partnership (CCSP) and Craigavon District Policing Partnership (DPP), supported by Craigavon Borough Council are working with local businesses to help cut down on some of the more anti-social aspects of the Halloween season.

In the past there have been instances where homes and premises have been targeted by flour or eggs. Those who get caught up in this type of activity could actually face prosecution for criminal damage or anti-social behaviour and, what is meant to be a prank can have serious consequences.

The PSNI, CCSP and DPP are working in partnership with local retailers through the ‘Flour and Eggs’ campaign. This initiative is aimed at preventing the sale of flour and eggs to under 18s during the Halloween season thus reducing the opportunity to cause damage to vehicles and homes with these products.

These posters will be displayed in participating outlets throughout the Borough.

Councillor Robert Smith, Chair of CCSP and DPP stated: “The agencies are working together to appeal to parents to make sure they know where their children are, what they are doing and ensure that they are not getting involved in any anti-social or criminal activity.”

Police are also reminding the local community to take the proper steps to ensure they stay safe and legal if using fireworks over the Halloween period.

Area Commander, Chief Inspector Anthony McNally, explained: “The sale, purchase or use of fireworks without a licence is illegal and means that you could be using fireworks which haven’t met the required safety standards.

“We want everyone to be able to enjoy Halloween without injury or harm so would ask everyone in the local community to work with us to ensure safe celebrations for all.”

Further information on the law on fireworks and advice on using fireworks safely can be found at: www.nidirect.gov.uk/fireworks