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Bromley police to increase patrols on Halloween and Fireworks night

PUBLISHED: 13:43 24 October 2011 | UPDATED: 13:43 24 October 2011

Dep Supt Martin Huxley

Dep Supt Martin Huxley

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Police promise more patrols in a bid to stop anti-social behaviour during Halloween and Fireworks night.

Bromley Police are urging trick or treaters to think carefully about which doors they knock on this Halloween, to prevent vulnerable people getting scared.

They are asking that the wishes of those who display a ‘No Trick or Treat’ poster, handed out by Safer Neighbourhood Teams, be respected.

Detective Superintendent Martin Huxley from Bromley Police said: “We want people to be safe while out enjoying this autumn’s festivities without their fun being spoilt by a small number of troublemakers. There will be an increase in police activity to deter anti-social behaviour, disorder and crime during this busy time and the small minority who remain intent on using this period as an opportunity for criminal activity can expect police attention and can expect to be arrested and sent to court.”

All 22 of Bromley’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams and all four of the Safer Transport Teams are set to be out patrolling in town centres and transport hubs on both evenings as additional reassurance.

Bromley’s biggest firework displays next Saturday (5) are set to be in Chislehurst, Beckenham and Crystal Palace. Those at Chislehurst Recreation Ground in Empress Drive are due to begin at 7.30pm. Gates open at 7pm. Tickets on the gate are £6 and £3 for children. A family ticket for two adults and two children is £13.

Beckenham is set to have a display and fun fair at Croydon Recreation Ground in Croydon Road, Beckenham. Fireworks begin at 8pm and gates open at 6pm. Tickets are £5 and £3 for children and concessions.

Crystal Palace Park in Thicket Road, is set to have two fireworks displays next Saturday (5), one at 7pm for children with fewer bangs and the main display at 8.30pm, set to music. Gates open at 6pm and tickets are £5 and £3 for children. Residents are advised to buy fireworks which are only marked BS 7114, to keep them in a closed box and to light them at arm’s length using a taper. It is illegal for people under 18 to carry fireworks in public.

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