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Northallerton police to take "zero tolerance" approach to Mischief Night
4:04pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
POLICE have warned they will take a “zero tolerance” approach to incidents in the run-up to and during Mischief Night and Bonfire Night in Northallerton.
In previous years there have been problems involving youngsters throwing eggs and flour at people and buildings and misuse of matches and fireworks has also taken place.
But the town council was told letters have been sent to local schools to remind young people of how to behave at this time of year and local retailers have been reminded of their responsibilities in not selling certain items to youngsters not accompanied by an adult.
“Bonfire Night and Mischief Night celebrations have historically provided some elements of society with the opportunity to instigate criminal activity and engage in anti-social behaviour,” said Sgt Simon Wilson.
“On the run-up there will be an increase in high-visibility patrols around the town centre and estates with a zero tolerance approach.”
Meanwhile local police are also continuing with Operation Bright, with the aim of reducing burglaries as the darker nights draw in.
Vulnerable properties are being identified by patrols between 4pm and 9.30pm through the fact they look unoccupied and crime prevention packs are delivered through the door.
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