Help is at hand for a fright-free Hallowe’en

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POLICE and council staff will be visiting homes in Bicester over coming weeks to offer advice on having a peaceful Hallowe’en.

Vulnerable and elderly people will have visits from police staff and council street wardens, who will give out advice and distribute posters asking trick or treaters to stay away.

Inspector Neville Clayton, of Thames Valley Police, said: “On the evening of Hallowe’en police officers will be carrying out targeted patrols in hot spots.

“Anyone behaving in an antisocial manner will be dealt with positively, and anyone behaving criminally will be arrested.”

In an appeal to parents, Insp Clayton added: “Your children’s behaviour can be intimidating to elderly people, and tricks can be interpreted as criminal damage.”

He warned young children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult. Police are also due to visit local schools to highlight the serious consequences pranks can have.

Trick or treat posters will be availble from Bicester Police Station and Cherwell District Council’s office in Market Square.