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Tower Hamlets, London Borough of (London): Autumn nights

News   •   Oct 26, 2010 12:37 BST

As Halloween and Bonfire Night approach, Tower Hamlets authorities will be joining together to tackle anti-social behaviour to ensure that residents can enjoy the celebrations.

Tower Hamlets Council will be working in partnership with the police, fire brigade and housing associations to help raise awareness of safety issues and crack down on anti social behaviour.

Taking place between Monday 25 October and Sunday 7 November, the partnership operation will see increased police and Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officer (THEOs) patrols to deter anti- social behaviour, disorder and crime.

Superintendent Mark Wolski (Partnership) said: ”Last year we worked very effectively with our partners to reduce the level of incidents and we intend to build upon that success this year.

“We want people to be safe while out enjoying themselves. However we would tell parents to remind their children about the implications that ‘trick or treating’ has on the wider community , particularly the elderly and vulnerable residents.”

The fire brigade will be carrying out preventative activity across the borough with the help of Registered Social Landlord and Tower Hamlets Homes. This includes ensuring the rapid removal any bulk rubbish from estates and public places.

The council’s trading standards officers will also be teaming up with the police to check that shops selling fireworks are doing so responsibly and with the correct licenses.

Andy Bamber, Head of Community Safety at Tower Hamlets Council, said: "This is a really exciting time of year, and we're working with partners across the borough to make sure that residents can enjoy it in safety.

"We're encouraging people to celebrate responsibly, and as well as being safety conscious we want them to be aware of the impact their behaviour may have on others."

Advice to parents and carers:

  • Make sure you know where your children are and that they know how to behave
  • Go with them trick or treating if you can
  • Keep fireworks in a safe place in the house
  • Report any anti-social behaviour or concerns to your local Safer Neighbourhoods teams.
  • Attend organised events wherever possible.

Advice to young people:

  • We want you to enjoy yourselves but will not tolerate unacceptable behaviour.
  • Ensure you are safe by staying with others
  • Leave your valuable property at home.
  • Attend organised events wherever possible.
  • When trick or treating avoid knocking on elderly neighbours and causing unnecessary worry.


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