15 October 2019 Have fun and stay safe this autumn
As the nights draw in, thoughts turn to trick or treating, fireworks and autumnal family fun
But Halloween and Bonfire Night can come with their own challenges, so Community Safety Patrol Officers from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council are working to help keep the borough safe.
The CSPOs are working with residents, shops and partner organisations as part of their Autumn Nights campaign.
In the run-up to Halloween and Bonfire Night, officers will be visiting shops to offer advice about the responsible sale of items such as flour, eggs and fireworks.
They will be visiting sites where bonfires have been held previously and liaising with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service when necessary.
Officers will also be talking to people out and about, giving advice about responsible trick or treating and being respectful to those who may not wish to take part.
Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Partnerships Cllr Simon Bound said: “We want to make sure everyone stays safe while enjoying their autumn.
“Our CSPOs are out and about offering advice, providing reassurance and taking steps to prevent irresponsible behaviour during both Halloween and Bonfire Night.
“We know that dealing with hordes of gremlins, ghosts and ghouls isn’t for everyone, so it’s important that those trick or treating respect the wishes of those who don’t want to take part.
“By working in advance with shops, partners and residents we hope that everyone will be able to enjoy a safe and peaceful season.”