Sheffield firefighters help with police crackdown on anti-social behaviour

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Firefighters in Sheffield are helping with a police crackdown on anti-social behaviour over Halloween and Bonfire Night in a city suburb blighted by yobs last year.

Crews are visiting schools around Abbeydale Road, where fireworks and stones were hurled at vehicles including buses and police cars, over the same period last year.

Fire service staff are also visiting schools in Darnall, giving assemblies and classroom sessions on Halloween and firework safety and the consequences of getting involved in anti-social behaviour.

Some firefighters will also be cycling in and around Darnall, Manor, Arbourthorne, Abbeydale Road and Gleadless Valley looking to talk to young people about fire safety.

Extra police officers are on duty across Sheffield in the run-up to Halloween and Bonfire Night - a period when there is traditionally an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour every year.

Operation Dark Nights also involves South Yorkshire Police working with other agencies to organise activities aimed at encouraging young people off the streets at night.

The police force has produced posters for residents to display in their windows warning trick or treaters not to call.