Crackdown on seasonal anti-social behaviour

PUBLISHED: 13:44 14 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:26 15 June 2010

The Community Safety Partnership in East Devon is contacting shopkeepers and parents asking for their help to stop the anti-social behaviour that leads to harassment, alarm and distress in the community at this time of year.

The Community Safety Partnership in East Devon is contacting shopkeepers and parents asking for their help to stop the anti-social behaviour that leads to harassment, alarm and distress in the community at this time of year.The Partnership have sent letters via schools to parents and carers to advise children not to throw eggs and flour, and to supervise any 'trick or treat' activities. Shopkeepers are being asked to be on their guard when selling eggs and flour.The partnership are also writing to firework retailers asking them not sell to fireworks to anyone under 18, or to someone who they know is likely to misuse them. Letters to all the shopkeepers are being hand-delivered by Neighbourhood Beat Managers and Police Community Support Officers, who can also offer advice about stopping this anti social behaviour. Gerry Moore, Community Safety and Anti Social Behaviour Co-ordinator for East Devon, recognises that fireworks or eggs and flour in the wrong hands can be very distressing for the local community.He said: "We have worked with parents, the police and retailers for the last five years at this time of year, and as a result the number of incidents of anti social behaviour has shown no increase and in some years has actually reduced across East Devon. We must continue working together to make everyone in the community feel safe and free from worry about this kind of nuisance behaviour.


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