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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-11-04

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Merseyside Police see decrease in anti social behaviour and criminal damage calls on Mischief Night

MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed there has been a reduction in the number of calls received by the Force, including calls about anti social behaviour and criminal damage, on Sunday, 30 October 2016. Mischief Day dates back centuries to when children in the 1700's would play pranks on one another. This is usually 30 October, the day before Halloween, but in resent years it has resulted in certain children and teens engage in seriously bad anti social behaviour and criminal damage... But Merseyside Police have told us that this year, it recorded a total of 1132 calls during the run up to Halloween, on 30 October 2016, between 2pm and midnight, an 18.6% decrease from 1390, in 2015 and over a 25% decrease from 1531, in 2014. There was a 7% decrease in reports of anti social behaviour and criminal damage with 611 such reports being made compared to 656 for the same period lin 2015, and 788 in 2014. A total of 13 people were arrested for a variety of low level offences, down from 20 arrests in 2015 and 30 in 2014. Over 5,000 young people were engaged in youth engagement activities across the Force, double the number in 2015. Commander for the policing operation, Chief Inspector Chris Hitchell said:- "The period between 30 October and 5 November is often a busy time for Police and on Sunday, we saw a decrease in the number of reports of anti social behaviour and criminal damage, which is good news for our communities. We would ask that people continue to enjoy the festivities safely and responsibly over the coming days. A massive amount of effort and planning has gone into the operation. Parents have clearly listened to our advice to make sure they know where their children are, and many young people themselves have taken advantage of activities put on for them. I would like to reassure the community that we will continue to have increased high visibility patrols over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period. We will work closely with partner agencies and take swift action against the small minority who are intent on causing trouble."  Anyone who would like to report incidents of anti social behaviour or criminal damage can call the Police on the:- 101 number. Did you know the Mischief Night can also be associated with the night before Bonfire Night, on 4 November, in the UK?

 

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