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Kent Police warn of risks around Halloween and Bonfire Night
KENT Police has warned people of the risks around at Halloween and Bonfire Night.
It has launched a crime reduction campaign called ‘stay safe this autumn’.
It is aimed at raising people's awareness of increased anti-social behaviour, criminal damage, burglary and violence from October to November.
Kent Police said it would be targeting anyone being anti-social, causing criminal damage, being violent or burgling.
Chief Inspector Lee Russell said: “I would encourage everyone to take extra care when out and about on foot or bike during the darker mornings and evenings.
“We want everyone to have a fun and safe time and will support those who behave responsibly and will deal with anyone who causes a nuisance or breaks the law.
“I would also encourage parents to help by making sure their children know how to stay safe and out of trouble, and never letting young children go trick or treating on their own.”
Stay safe at Halloween
Residents who do not wish to have trick or treaters call at their door can download a poster from the Kent Police website (www.kent.police.uk/autumn).
It asks people not to disturb the homeowners.
Stay safe on Bonfire Night
If you plan on holding a fireworks party, make sure you know the law.
It is illegal to let fireworks off between 11pm and 7am except on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year, and Chinese New Year (1am).
It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18.
It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess fireworks in a public place.
Officers are also advising people to:
Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114 or CE.
Keep fireworks in a closed box, preferably somewhere secure.
Never throw fireworks.
Keep pets indoors.
Get more crime prevention advice by visiting www.kent.police.uk/autumn