Scotland Yard’s seasonal crackdown on anti-social behaviour has been launched in preparation for Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Concerned anti-social behaviours calls went up an average of six per cent last year during the Autumn festivities.

Superintendent Tania Coulson, leading the Autumn Nights operation, said: "We are here to ensure young people enjoy the festivities but remain safe in doing so.

"Our operations are not aimed at ruining the fun of this time of year but are in place to ensure those who are intent on committing crime and anti-social behaviour are dealt with accordingly.”

During the Autumn Nights campaign Safer Neighbourhood officers will carry out additional patrols and visit vulnerable residents to provide reassurance and offer crime prevention advice.

Test purchases of fireworks, alcohol and over-the-counter weapons will take place, with a pledge to “robustly” deal with any retailers in breach of licensing laws.

Officers are researching current and past anti-social behaviour hot spots to ensure they are in the right place.

Transport police and Transport for London will also be increasing patrols to prevent trouble on buses.

Met Police Halloween safety tips:

- A responsible adult should go out with children

- Don't knock on doors displaying 'No trick or treat' signs

- Plan your route before leaving home

- Stay close to home and if possible only visit the houses of people you know

- Never enter a stranger's home or speak to strangers on the street

- Carry a torch and wear reflective clothing so you can be seen

- Be careful crossing the road