Pumpkin Patrols aim to spread the safety message this Halloween

Friday, 24th October 2014

TAMWORTH’S Street Wardens have teamed up with the Police to mount Pumpkin Patrols in Tamworth – encouraging responsible and safe behaviour over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.

The Pumpkin Patrols are a Tamworth Community Safety Partnership initiative, and will be encouraging young people to take notice of the ‘NO 2 ASB’ message.

The focus of the campaign will be the highly-visible Pumpkin Patrol car, kindly sponsored by Chambers Hyundai and liveried by Positive Designs Ltd. It comes complete with a NO2 ASB number plate, sponsored by Uni Plate Ltd.  Bookers Wholesale also provided some giveaway sweets

The Pumpkin Patrol car will be used jointly by the Police and Street Wardens every evening until Sunday November 9. It will concentrate on areas which have experienced issues with ASB to educate and inform young people about keeping safe while out trick or treating and being aware of who they may scare by their actions.

The Pumpkin Patrol – complete with the eye-catching car – will be in St Editha’s Square this Saturday (October 24), talking to parents and youngsters and handing out ‘Be Aware Who You Scare’ wristbands and sweets.

The campaign also involves the Street Wardens working with younger children in some of Tamworth’s primary schools to educate them about safe trick or treating and firework safety.

The Street Wardens will also be delivering vital information, including No Trick or Treat leaflets, details on how to report concerns and other safety information to the borough’s sheltered housing schemes and other areas where the partners feel vulnerable residents may benefit from the initiative.

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Community Development, 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.

“This new, highly visible Pumpkin Patrol initiative 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.”