Trick or treaters urged to heed poster Halloween message from Leicestershire police
Trick or treaters have been urged to only visit homes where people are displaying a poster which says they are welcome.
Leicestershire Police and councils across the city and county yesterday launched a poster as part of a campaign to reduce anti-social behaviour on and around Halloween.
The posters are available at police stations, fire stations and council officers across the city and county.
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People were yesterday urged to display it prominently.
Superintendent Mark Newcombe, Leicestershire police's lead officer for anti-social behaviour, said: "It has been known for people, particularly members of the retired community or the vulnerable, to seek solace in the home of a family member or a friend during Halloween.
"We'd ask that those who go door-to-door in the good sprit of Halloween be mindful not everybody will want to join in.
"Look out for the poster and kindly miss the houses on your route which display the red-bordered poster with the 'No Thanks' message."
Tony Donovan, executive director of Age UK in Leicestershire, previously told the Mercury: "Trick or treating has become a lot more prevalent and this is always a worrying time for a lot of older people.
"Our advice to those who don't want to take part is to not open their doors.
"We'd also ask older people's neighbours to look out for them."
The poster has been designed and distributed by the Anti-Social Behaviour Delivery Group, which is made up of representatives of the police and local authorities.
Damion Nickerson, a member of Leicestershire County Council's community safety team and of the Anti-Social Behaviour Delivery Group, said: "New for this year is the option to display the green-bordered 'Trick or Treaters Welcome' message. Now everyone has the opportunity to have the Halloween of their choice."
Complaints about antisocial behaviour can be reported on 101.
Posters can be downloaded here: Trick or Treaters Welcome