Trick or treaters are warned by council

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TRICK or treaters across Wigan borough are being urged to show respect to people over the Halloween period by councillors and fire chiefs.

With the dark nights closing in and Halloween just one day away, youngsters are being warned about not intimidating elderly and vulnerable residents.

And residents will be able to put up one of Wigan Council’s specially designed posters showing if they want to receive trick or treaters or not to help youngsters.

Wigan Council’s Community Safety team have designed the poster which can be downloaded from the council’s website at www.wigan.gov.uk/safe4autumn

Paul Cartwright, from Victim Support in Wigan, said: “All the agencies involved in Operation Treacle are keen to emphasise that we’re not trying to spoil anyone’s fun. We know that kids really enjoy dressing up on Halloween and trick or treating.

“But there are some residents who are frightened by strangers knocking on their door. So I urge young people who are trick or treating to show consideration, and for parents to play their part too. I’m sure they’ll share our wish for young people to show respect to others, stay safe and have fun.”

Police will be cracking down on anti-social behaviour over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period, and are warning perpetrators of the possible consequences of being caught including an £80 fine, arrest or a criminal record.

As part of the drive towards ensuring young people remain safe over the period, agencies such as Wigan Council’s youth service, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and Wigan Athletic FC Community Foundation are laying on a range of activities, many of which are free or subsidised.

A dedicated safe4autumn website provides further information on activities as well as giving young people an opportunity to win an i-Pad by completing an on-line survey.

Details of activities can be found at www.wigan.gov.uk/safe4autumn and on the Linc Website at www.wlct.org/linconline

To report incidents contact the police on 101 or Firestoppers on 0800 923 9999.