SAFETY warnings have been issued by Lewisham Council in the run-up to Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Advice for parents includes accompanying children when trick or treating and reporting anti-social behaviour to safer neighbourhood teams.

Worried elderly people are advised to look through the window or the spy hole before opening the front door, and to invite friends round for dinner.

Meanwhile residents holding fireworks displays are urged to keep fireworks away from children, to light them at arm's length and never throw petrol or paraffin on a fire.

Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, said: "We are encouraging people to purchase fireworks from reputable shops and for shopkeepers to ask for identification before selling any fireworks.

“Young people also need to remember that at this time of year some of their neighbours, particularly older residents, are anxious about excessive noise levels and strangers coming to their doors.”

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