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Spooks & Sparklers campaign takes to the road for the fourth year to spread safety message 

Representatives from Tamworth Council, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and Staffordshire Police at the stall.

A CAMPAIGN to encourage responsible and safe behaviour over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period will be launched again this year by the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership.

The Tamworth Community Safety Partnership (CSP) – made up of Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, Tamworth Borough Council Community Wardens, Housing and Staffordshire County Council  have teamed up to launch another Spooks & Sparklers campaign to spread the ‘NO 2 ASB’ message over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.

One of the aims of this campaign is to educate youngsters on the dangers of Halloween and bonfire activities in order to reduce risky and anti-social behaviour. Both of these events are promoted as a night of fun however, many people are not fully aware of the dangers that are involved. By providing education on the negative factors or those elements that could go wrong combined with the fun factors, we aim to empower youngsters to stop and think of the effects of their actions.

The CSP will be visiting the High Schools this month to talk about safe trick or treating, firework safety and the dangers of setting off fireworks, the illegal purchasing of fireworks and reminding students about the Flames Aren’t Games message.

There will be evening patrols that will focus on areas which have experienced issues with ASB recently and where youngsters gather of an evening to educate and inform them about keeping safe and being aware of who they may scare and the consequences of their actions, as well as information on firework safety.

Eye-catching cards asking trick or treaters not to call at homes will be handed out for those residents not wishing to take part in the Halloween activities during the patrols and at the market stall. They will also be available free of charge from a number of venues, including Tamworth Borough Council’s reception in Lichfield Street, Tamworth Police Station, Tamworth Community Fire Station, Tamworth Mercia Fire Station and Tamworth Library.

In addition, all partners within the CSP will be in St Editha’s Square on Tuesday 24th October from 10am to 2pm where they will be speaking to parents and youngsters and handing out the No Trick or Treat cards, as well as leaflets and giving general advice.  Saxon the Tamworth Borough Council mascot for dog/pet related issues will be present as pet safety is a concern at this time of year.

The campaign is in its fourth year and has been credited with helping to reduce ASB and increase safety awareness. It also aims to create awareness of the Community Safety Partnership, with partners working together to protect their local communities from crime and anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Wellbeing, said: “Incidents of anti-social behaviour and the fear of anti-social behaviour always increase over the Halloween period, closely followed by bonfire and firework celebrations.

“The Spooks & Sparklers campaign aims to reduce the number of incidents of ASB during this period, offer reassurance to the public, educate younger children as to what is right and wrong and help to keep all sections of the community safe during this time.  For those who go out ‘trick or treating’, or have firework displays, the message must be stay safe.  This campaign is now in its fourth year and has been a real success. I have no doubt that the success will continue this year.”

Chief Inspector Farrington from Tamworth Local Policing Team, said: “Both Halloween and Bonfire Night can be busy periods for everyone, in particular the emergency services.  This campaign aims to prevent the fun side of the season’s activities crossing the line into becoming a nuisance within Tamworth. I’m pleased to say that due to the success of the previous campaigns we have made the decision to continue this year.  By having a targeted approach and working together with partners we hope to build on the success of previous years.

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