POLICE in Chester are confident Halloween in the city will be scary for all the right reasons this year.
Officers from both the Inner and Outer Neighbourhood Units will be carrying out special operations during the Halloween and bonfire night period aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour and other associated problems.
Sergeant Anton Sullivan, of Chester Outer NPU, said: “I want to be extremely clear that we will be operating a zero tolerance approach to anti-social and nuisance behaviour and will take robust action against anyone who is caught causing trouble.
“Many problems experienced around this time of year are related to the consumption of alcohol and we will do everything within our power to ensure youngsters find their opportunities to obtain booze are severely restricted. Any under-age drinkers found with alcohol will have the drink confiscated.
“This approach will also be used in relation to fireworks and we are liaising with Trading Standards to look at the sale of fireworks to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands.”
Inspector Mel Williams, of Chester Inner NPU, added: “Halloween and bonfire night should be a time of fun, particularly for youngsters and we certainly do not want to get in the way of this or prevent children from enjoying themselves.
“Of course, if a criminal act is carried out we will do everything in our power to put the offender before the courts.
“Where the behaviour is not criminal, but still unacceptable we will seek to use other tools at our disposal to deal with the issue.
“One of these will be to issue Section 27 notices which ban people from a certain area for a period of 48 hours if they have been responsible for crime and disorder. If the order is breached the person can and will be arrested.”
If you need to report any incidents of anti-social, nuisance or criminal behaviour in the run-up to, or during Halloween, please ring Cheshire Police on 0845 458 0000.