Police in Ballymena and Antrim have appealed for an end to anti-social behaviour associated with Hallowe’en festivities.
And they have pledged that anyone caught breaking the law will be ‘dealt with robustly.’
Chief Inspector Emma Bond, is appealing for parents, youth and community leaders to assist in making this year’s festivities safe and fun.
She said:“I would ask parents to make sure they know the whereabouts of their children and to make sure that they are not engaging in any criminal activity or criminal damage to property.
“Individuals are also being urged to pay close attention to their own personal safety, if they intend to be in the vicinity of fireworks, sparklers or bonfires. Fireworks contain explosive, flammable substances, which can cause serious injury or damage to property. Children using sparklers should also be closely supervised.”
Chief Inspector Bond issued a stern warning that so-called pranks which caused fear or criminal damage would not be tolerated: “ Measures are being taken to ensure incidents of criminal damage do not escalate during the Halloween period.”
And she revealed that visibility patrols will be operating to prevent crimes and deter anti-social behaviour.
“What might seem like a prank to some people may actually amount to carrying out an assault or causing criminal damage. Those involved in this type of behaviour will have to face the consequences.
“If you have information about illegal fireworks sales contact police on 101. These fireworks may not be British Standard approved and could be extremely dangerous. Enjoy Halloween, but don’t break the law.