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Have a safe Halloween and Bonfire Night…

Call 101 with all police non-emergency issues, including anti-social behaviour in the week of Halloween and Bonfire Night festivities

Halloween and Bonfire night are fast approaching and the Community Safety Partnership is committed to ensuring that everyone stays safe during this period.

The majority of young people celebrate Halloween in good spirit when ‘trick or treating’ and respect other residents if they do not want to participate.

Last year we saw low levels of anti-social behaviour across Blaby district during this period and the Community Safety Partnership will be working just as hard this year to ensure this remains low.

There will be high visibility police patrols at key times and zero tolerance towards any people found to be involved in anti-social behaviour.

A range of diversionary and education activities are already underway for young people in partnership with schools, Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service and youth services.

For more information about where the BB19 Youth Bus will be visit www.facebook.com/BB19youthbus.

We will also be working with local shops to prevent the sale of flour and eggs to under 18s in the run up to and on Halloween night. A new poster is available this year to give residents the Halloween of their choice – either welcoming trick or treaters or opting out of festivities altogether.


This year, the posters have been printed double-sided with the message ‘Trick or Treaters Welcome’ on one side and ‘No Thanks to Trick or Treaters’ on the other side. Just display the poster so it is visible from the boundary of your home. Click on the link to print off your own poster. The poster will also be available at all Blaby District Council offices as well as at police stations and Leicestershire County Council offices.

For further good advice for a safe and secure Halloween and Bonfire Night, you can follow us on Twitter @BlabyDc.

Trick or Treat Printout

If you have any questions about anti-social behaviour and how this is being tackled, please contact the Anti-Social Behaviour Officer at Blaby District Council – Zoe Coulson, on             0116 2727673      .

To report anti-social behaviour on or around Halloween or Bonfire Night, please call the police on 101.

101 Halloween Success: Non-emergency Calls Up following use of 101

Leicestershire Police are pleased that the members of the public are increasing reporting of non-emergency issues following it’s launch of 101 – the national police single non-emergency number, this October.

In the weeks preceding Halloween, sixteen-thousand 101-branded ‘No thanks trick or treaters’ posters were made available to the elderly and vulnerable, allowing them to ‘opt out’ of the festivities.

Superintendent Ian Coulton, Deputy Head of Corporate Services at Leicestershire Police said:

 “We’ve worked to promote the 101 number in October as the number to call regarding non-emergency matters, including Halloween-related anti-social behaviour. It is clear that the public are remembering the number and beginning to grasp the use of 101, with 75 calls to 101 on Halloween Night.

“We will continue to work successfully with our partners to minimise incidents of anti-social behaviour at Halloween and the impact they have on our communities.”

Every year, local police increase patrols across the force area, with increased officer presence on the streets on Halloween night.

The 2011 Halloween campaign urged the public to inform the police about anti-social behaviour by calling 101 this Halloween. Local officers also delivered 16,000 posters to households on their beats, a move which was supported by the Leicester Mercury, other local newspapers and by some of the Force’s 16,750 followers on Twitter.

One Twitter follower said:

“Not sure why people are so bothered about trick-or-treaters. We got a poster from @leicspolice, stuck it on the window, no one bothering us.”

Last year, a total of 398 non-emergency calls were taken by police call handlers between 6pm and midnight on October 31; approximately 17 per cent of those related to Halloween.

This year on October 31, a total of 476 calls were taken by police call handlers, including 75 on 101 the non-emergency number. Thirteen percent of those 476 calls (66 calls in total) related to Halloween.

There was a slight rise of Halloween-related calls about eggs, flour and stones being thrown, up by ten incidents, from 51 in 2010 to 61 this year.

Anyone with information about crime and anti-social behaviour in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland is urged to call Leicestershire Police on 101* or Crimestoppers, which is free** and anonymous, on             0800 555 111      .

* Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile phones and land lines
** Please note some mobile phone service providers may charge for this call.

Have fun, but stay safe during Halloween and bonfire night

Children and young people in Blaby district are being asked to have fun, but stay safe over Halloween and bonfire night.

The Blaby District Community Safety Partnership has issued a leaflet to every pupil in all local primary schools with top tips on staying safe while having fun.

The BB19 youth bus will also be visiting Trinity Park in Whetstone on Thursday (October 27th) and Countesthorpe Medical Centre on Friday (October 28) offering special Halloween themed activities to youngsters from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

Councillor Ted Webster-Williams, chair of the community safety partnership in Blaby district said:

“It is important that young people have fun but also that they don’t get carried away and injure themselves or cause distress to vulnerable residents.

“We want the whole community to have a safe, secure and enjoyable Halloween and bonfire night.”

An online web chat is also taking place on Thursday October 27 from 6.30pm-7.30pm giving people the opportunity to discuss crime prevention, anti-social behaviour or any other issues relating to community safety in Blaby district during the run up to Halloween.

Police and community safety officers from Blaby District Council will be online to answer questions at www.leics.police.uk/blabywebchat.

For more information visit www.blaby.gov.uk email community.safety@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7725.

Enjoy, be tolerant, but call 101 about genuine anti-social behaviour this Halloween

Last year, a total of 398 non-emergency calls were taken by police call handlers between 6pm and midnight on October 31; approximately 17 per cent of those related to Halloween.

Now Leicestershire Police is reminding people to call 101 with all police non-emergency issues, including genuine anti-social behaviour in the week of Halloween and Bonfire Night festivities.

Leicestershire Police was given an October date to adopt as part of the national phased roll out of 101. During October, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland observes festivities including Diwali, Halloween and the days preceding Bonfire Night all of which present a set of unique challenges for the emergency services, city, county and district councils. The main complaints arise due to anti-social behaviour, the misuse of fireworks and the throwing of flour and eggs.

Superintendent Jez Cottrill, 101 project lead and Head of the Leicestershire Police Call Management Department said:

“It is important to state that some children will gather together and go from door-to-door to partake in “trick or treating” in the good spirit of Halloween. If done sensitively, this is not anti-social behaviour. Most will not be offended if a resident displays a sign or message to say they do not wish to take part. Most will also simply leave if politely asked to do so.

“Leicestershire Police is committed to reducing anti-social behaviour in local communities. Incidents that are purely noise related such as fireworks and noise nuisance are normally matters dealt with by Local Authorities.

“However, Leicestershire Police does wish to support residents who do experience genuine problems and officers will offer advice to callers who ring 101 or attend if it is appropriate to do so.”

Leicestershire Police thanks the members of the public who have already begun to call 101. 101 now officially replaces             0116 222 2222       as Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s police non-emergency number. Go to www.leics.police.uk/101 for more information.

Local Neighbourhood Policing Officers are now promoting the use of the 101 number. The public can help to ensure that 101 becomes widely remembered as ‘the other number’ to 999. Police call takers are available 24 hours-a-day seven days-a-week to listen to concerns and arrange appropriate responses.

On the introduction of the new 101 police non-emergency number, Cllr Sarah Russell, Assistant City Mayor and Cabinet lead for Neighbourhood Services said:

“I think the adoption of 101 as the national police non-emergency number is a fantastic idea. The previous incarnation of 101 had a broader remit than just Police calls, and was a great success in Leicester, but it was a complex and expensive model. It makes sense to build on an existing Police infrastructure of 24/7 call handling. I look forward to working with Leicestershire Police to see if we can develop this new 101 service so that ultimately the public have only one number to call to report any incident of anti-social behaviour in Leicestershire.”

Use link (above left) to download this poster...

To download a ‘No Thanks Trick or Treaters’ poster go to  www.leics.police.uk/halloween [pdf file*]

Anyone with information about crime or anti-social behaviour should contact Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers which is free* and anonymous on            0800 555 111      . In an emergency, always dial 999.

Visit www.leics.police.uk/support to find information on steps you can take to reduce crime, and what to do if you are subject to a crime or anti-social behaviour.

To sign up and receive updates about policing issues in you neighborhood at a time to suit you, go to www.leics.police.uk/neighbourhoodlink


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Blaby Farmers’ Spooooooooky Market

It is Blaby Farmers’ Market NEXT Saturday, 22nd October at Blaby Social Centre, Leicester Road, from 9am- 1pm, and organisers really hope you can make it.

They are reminding everyone so marketgoers can dust off their Halloween costumes and join in the spooky fun.

There are treats for the best costume and the grown ups are welcome to join in too.

For the kiddies there’s a Halloween picture competition, so get drawing those witches and monsters and bring them along with you. The scarier the better!

As always the market will be full of quality local produce including rare breed meats, cheeses, bread, fruit, vegetables, cakes, pies, jams and free range eggs – everything you need to stock up your cupboards.

You will also be able to buy handmade gourmet products and plants for the garden, cupcakes, steamed puddings, herbs and handmade soaps

The Master Composters will also be there this month to give advice and encouragement for composting at home.