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Fun, not fright, on Halloween and Bonfire Nights

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23 October 2017

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Enfield residents are encouraged to have fun across the borough this Halloween and Bonfire Night but to be mindful and to respect others while out and about celebrating. 

- Enfield Council, Met Police and London Fire Brigade will be working together
- Enfield residents are encouraged to enjoy themselves but to remain respectful and safe
- Mischief makers are warned that anti-social behaviour could be dealt with as a criminal offence
Enfield residents are encouraged to have fun across the borough this Halloween and Bonfire Night but to be mindful and to respect others while out and about celebrating. 
Enfield Council, the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade will be working together to tackle anti-social behaviour, which can often rise in Autumn, with some criminals exploiting the period to commit crimes.
Policing teams will be stepping up their presence on the streets of Enfield and in the run-up to half-term they have already been visiting schools to explain what behaviour is acceptable, what constitutes anti-social behaviour and how to stay safe.
Metropolitan Police officers including those funded by the Council will be patrolling hotspots and known gang members will have had a friendly visit from community officers to remind them to behave.
Spotters, police cadets and Enfield Council’s expert CCTV team will all be pooling their resources to make sure everyone has a fun but safe time. Businesses will also be monitored during the next few weeks, particularly regarding the sale of knives and fireworks.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: “We want residents to enjoy themselves over Halloween and Bonfire Night.

“There are some wonderful events taking place across the borough. Unfortunately, there are a few bad apples who will intentionally cause fear, alarm or distress. We’d like these few to realise that their actions could be considered a criminal offence under the Public Order Act. Your tenancy could even be affected if you commit anti-social behaviour and deliberate carelessness or intimidation with fireworks could result in a charge of criminal damage, actual bodily harm or grievous bodily harm and therefore a criminal record and potentially a jail sentence.

“We will be working closely with our partners to immediately detect and respond to any incidents in the borough. Remember to stay safe, enjoy Enfield and have fun.”

Enfield Council visited volunteers at Forty Hall to help promote the “fun not fright” message. The actors dressed in frightening garb to promote Forty Hall’s Fright Night. Meanwhile, a handy list of tips and hints has been put together to help everyone enjoy themselves. However, if you see any behaviour that alarms you over Halloween or Bonfire Night, please call the police non-emergency number on 101. Anti-social behaviour can be reported online at https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/nuisances/. In an emergency, always call 999.
Here are our top tips:
Enjoying a safe Halloween:
• Don’t knock on doors displaying a no trick-or-treat sign
• Always go trick-or-treating with an adult
• Plan your route; only go to places where you and your friends know residents
• Keep visible; stay in areas that are well lit and take a torch
• Don’t talk to strangers in the street
• Don’t enter a stranger’s house
• Be careful crossing the road
• Be mindful of vulnerable people
Rules on fireworks:
• You must be over 18 to buy fireworks
• It is illegal to possess fireworks in a public place if you are under 18
• It is an offence to throw or let-off a firework in a street or public place
• If you let off fireworks between 23:00 and 07:00 you will be breaking the law (except on Bonfire night when it extends to midnight)
For more, follow us on Twitter @EnfieldCouncil, #SafeEnfield. We’ll have further pieces of advice on fire safety, Halloween fun and also on keeping your home safe as the evenings become longer.
• Photographs are of volunteers at Forty Hall, supporting the Fun Not Fright campaign. For details on events at Forty Hall, go to www.fortyhallesate.co.uk