Have a spooky but safe Hallowe’en in Havering

Havering authorities have been working to “ensure” residents have a scary but safe Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night over the half-term break.

Officers from Havering Council’s trading standards team have visited shops selling fireworks and alcohol to make sure the pyrotechnics are stored safely and correctly, as well as checking on underage sales.

Schools have had visits from firefighters to learn more about fireworks safety and fire prevention in the run up to the bonfire season.

The brigade has also had cycling officers on patrol this year, checking on areas of concern as well as keeping an eye on sale of fireworks.

A competition was also held for schoolchildren to design their own poster on fireworks safety.

Borough safer neighbourhood teams have also been busy in their communities and are monitoring fireworks sellers and retailers, requesting that shops do not sell eggs and flour to under 18s on Hallowe’en night on Wednesday (October 31).

Officers will be on high visibility patrols across the borough on Hallowe’en to make certain everyone has a safe and enjoyable time, and take action where necessary.

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Anyone concerned about trick or treaters, or who would rather opt out of the festivities, can also contact their local safer neighbourhood team for advice using the non-emergency 101 number.

Alternatively you can visit the Met’s website at: www.met.police.uk

Cllr Michael White, leader of Havering Council, said: “Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night can be a fun time for everyone but it’s important that everyone celebrates safely, especially when fires and fireworks are involved.

“We have been working hard, alongside the police and fire brigade, to ensure everything is done to help all residents in the borough have a great time, while also feeling safe, with no fear of antisocial behaviour. I hope everyone enjoys themselves and puts on their best scary costume, and sees some impressive fireworks.”

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