South Yorkshire Police Dark Nights scheme shines spotlight on seasonal safety

Today's hard-hitting campaign launch focuses on anti-social behaviour and firework safe practice surrounding Hallowe'en, bonfires and fireworks.

Monday, 17th October 2016, 12:22 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 1:46 pm
Connor's Story: hard-hitting campaign

Officers involved are highlighting dangers of young people starting fires and playing with fireworks by using Connor’s Story images and posters.

Said a Force spokesman: "You may be out buying fireworks this week, or you may start hearing more fireworks being set off in your area, as they can legally be sold by licensed premises as of Saturday (October 15) until 10 November.

Dark nights police campaign

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"During Dark Nights period we’ll be raising awareness of the type of anti-social behaviour incidents that can be reported to the police, such as misuse of fireworks, and those which can be reported to the councils, such as noise nuisance".

Timely tips - including times fireworks can legally be let off - are available at www.southyorks.police.uk/darknights site, where activities for young people are also detailed. There will be Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night-themed social media posts with public encouraged to get involved with the hard-hitting campaign.

Local Policing Teams will distribute information including ‘No Trick or Treaters Here’ flyers - which can be used as window posters - at crime prevention stands while some will take part in community events such as local lantern parades.

Force lead for anti-social behaviour Superintendent Colin McFarlane said: “Across the county, thousands of people will be celebrating Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night over the coming weeks.

Dark nights police campaign

“While many enjoy the festivities and stay safe, the celebrations can lead to some anti-social behaviour and arson incidents from a minority of people. We want everyone taking part in celebrations to enjoy themselves, but to do safely and responsibly - for themselves and for others.”