Some tricks could get you a criminal record, say police, as patrols are stepped up to stop anti-social behaviour

Bucks Free Press: High police presence for Halloween High police presence for Halloween

GHOULS and ghosts may be out in force over Halloween but so will the police as an increased number of bobbies are put on the beat to deal with any malevolent spirits.

Extra officers will be patrolling the streets of Marlow and Wycombe district to ensure the American tradition goes off without any trouble.

Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated, police chiefs say.

And anyone thinking of going trick or treating on or around October 31 have been issued a clear warning - if you are too old to be doing it without a parent, you should not be doing it all.

Police have warned Halloween revellers not to take their antics too far or they could face being arrested and ending the night with a criminal record.

Inspector Ray Wilks, in charge of Wycombe rural, said: "We have a lot of extra staff on the evening to deal with any reports of anti-social behaviour. There will be a greatly increased presence.

"We want everyone to enjoy themselves but not at the expense of other people. Trick or treaters should be accompanied by a parent or otherwise they're too old to be out trick or treating.

"Some tricks might be considered enough for them to be arrested or get a criminal record."

He called for politeness and respect, especially towards more vulnerable people, such as the elderly.

Insp Wilks, based at Marlow Police Station, said: "They can be genuinely frightened and we want to allay those fears. We focus on those areas to make sure they are safe."

Posters are available to download from the police website for anyone who wishes to warn away trick or treaters and make it clear they will not answer the door on Halloween.

Police officers have been going into schools to talk with children about appropriate behaviour for the occasion.

In general, Insp. Wilks said, crime over Halloween has not been a major problem in recent years and it was usually "stupid things like egg throwing" that were reported.

He added: "I always hope that people will enjoy themselves but behave properly and so nobody feels they end to call the police."

For a poster or more police information on halloween visit: www.thamesvalley.police.uk/crprev/crprev-asb/crprev-home-hols-halloween/crprev-home-hols-halloween-report.htm

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5:59pm Tue 30 Oct 12

DonRockell says...

I may not be a fan of this abject americanisum but the we must be living in a bad world when kids of infant school age are being policed.

I don't necessary agree with bad behavior but we have had a long history in this country of 'All Fools Night' where pranks are made so unless we are going down the road of thought policing and behavior correction a bit of fun may be an annoyance but does help us to know who the real idiots are.
I may not be a fan of this abject americanisum but the we must be living in a bad world when kids of infant school age are being policed. I don't necessary agree with bad behavior but we have had a long history in this country of 'All Fools Night' where pranks are made so unless we are going down the road of thought policing and behavior correction a bit of fun may be an annoyance but does help us to know who the real idiots are. DonRockell
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11:17am Wed 31 Oct 12

bonkers2010 says...

Halloween is not an american tradition it started in scotland . in the 1600s it didnt get to america till the 1900s it started as a celebration of the end of the harvest . id love to go to america to celebrate halloween . British people are too busy to celebrate it . Britain is boring .. Even xmas has gone down hill .. people dont put lights or decs out any more because they get moaned at by the neighbours or the council .. But with police men becoming police officers . there has been a shift from common law to what the government decide is law . Which is to stir up trouble by these kinds of articles ..And to put people off from living normal lives .. I think there are worse crimes than throwing eggs .. Perhaps the article should of stated that the police would be out to make sure everyone is safe . And to make sure everyone has fun without causing harm or loss to anyone which is of course what their job is . to uphold the common law .. To serve and protect the people .
Halloween is not an american tradition it started in scotland . in the 1600s it didnt get to america till the 1900s it started as a celebration of the end of the harvest . id love to go to america to celebrate halloween . British people are too busy to celebrate it . Britain is boring .. Even xmas has gone down hill .. people dont put lights or decs out any more because they get moaned at by the neighbours or the council .. But with police men becoming police officers . there has been a shift from common law to what the government decide is law . Which is to stir up trouble by these kinds of articles ..And to put people off from living normal lives .. I think there are worse crimes than throwing eggs .. Perhaps the article should of stated that the police would be out to make sure everyone is safe . And to make sure everyone has fun without causing harm or loss to anyone which is of course what their job is . to uphold the common law .. To serve and protect the people . bonkers2010
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1:26pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Stalemate says...

DonRockell

You have missed the point that TVP have made.

They divide children's Halloween revelry into two parts: attended by parents and unattended. The former is acceptable, the latter not.

If there are "kids of infant school age" out unattended this evening, then let's hope that TVP brink it to the attention of social services.
DonRockell You have missed the point that TVP have made. They divide children's Halloween revelry into two parts: attended by parents and unattended. The former is acceptable, the latter not. If there are "kids of infant school age" out unattended this evening, then let's hope that TVP brink it to the attention of social services. Stalemate
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