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Trick or Treaters urged to show respect
Friday 26th October, 2012

Youths across the borough are being urged to show consideration to elderly and vulnerable residents when they’re out ‘trick or treating’ this Hallowe’en.

In a series of special assemblies conducted as part of the annual awareness campaign, Operation Treacle, officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service addressed pupils in schools across the borough, reminding them to consider how their behaviour impacts on others.

Officers from Wigan Council, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and the blue light services were among the guests at Hindley High school for one of these hard-hitting presentations. Another of those attending was Paul Cartwright from Victim Support in Wigan, who says:

“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 Hallowe’en 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."

Wigan Council’s Community Safety team have designed a flier which indicates to visitors whether the householder welcomes trick or treaters, or would prefer to be left alone. The flier can be downloaded from the council’s website at www.wigan.gov.uk/safe4autumn

Police will be cracking down on anti-social behaviour over the Hallowe'en 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 Treacle 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 of anti-social behaviour contact the police on 101 or Firestoppers on 0800 923 9999.

Members of the public can report ASB, fly-tipping and dangerous unlit bonfires to the Council's Environmental Services Helpline on 01942 404364, or by e-mailing esservices@wigan.gov.uk

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