Police warning to mischief makers in Bridlington

PC Chris Prendergast with the posters being displayed to deter mischief makers.
PC Chris Prendergast with the posters being displayed to deter mischief makers.

EXTRA efforts are being made by police in Bridlington to clamp down on anti-social behaviour in the town over the Hallowe’en and Mischief Night period.

This time of year is typically associated with a rise in the amount of anti-social behaviour, such as the throwing of eggs, flour or even stones causing damage to property.

The darker nights have already seeing an increase in anti-social behaviour in Bridlington.

As previously reported a coach carrying war veterans along the Well Lane bypass was targeted by someone throwing a brick on Wednesday, October 10, joining numerous other recent incidents involving missiles being thrown from the top of the footbridge or the side of the road.

PC Christopher Prendergast, of the Bridlington Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The typical anti-social behaviour we experience in Bridlington at this time of the year is throwing stones, rocks and bricks at people and property including cars, and also bin fires which are obviously extremely dangerous.

“We want to ensure residents of Bridlington remain safe over the Hallowe’en period and will have teams working proactively around Bridlington on evenings dealing with any anti-social behaviour issues including those mentioned.”

Police officers have been working closely with retailers and schools giving out advice on how families and residents can have a safe and fun Hallowe’en period.

‘Sorry No Trick Or Treat’ posters have been distributed to residents who do not wish to be disturbed, which can be displayed in a prominent position by their front door.

With these events landing during the school holidays, these posters and a variety of information on keeping safe this season have also been sent to the town’s schools to be distributed to parents and students.

The ‘Sorry No Trick Or Treat’ posters are also available from the Copshop in Quay Road.

A second poster has been created for food retailers who do not wish to sell the usual Mischief Night ingredients to young children.

The poster advises customers that no eggs or flour will be sold to anyone under the age of 18.

As well as taking on-the-spot action, officers will be working closely with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to take appropriate action against any anti-social behaviour.

This could be a fairway letter which is sent to parents to give them the opportunity to deal with their children’s behaviour.

This could progress to an Anti-social Behaviour Contract (ABC) which is a voluntary agreement which stipulates a set of rules a child must agree to.

Or an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) could be imposed which is a civil order imposed by the courts and can be granted for anyone over 10 years old prohibiting them from engaging in specified activities.

If you witness any anti-social behaviour report it to Humberside police immediately using the non-emergency number 101 or in an emergency call 999.