Police to monitor Cookstown ‘hotspots’ on Hallowe’en

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Police in Cookstown will be operating in ‘hotspots’ to prevent crimes this Hallowe’en.

Halloween festivities can be enjoyed by everyone, but for some individuals ‘trick or treating’, bonfires, fireworks and sparklers may result in a rather nasty surprise.

Local Area Commander Chief Inspector Jane Humphries is appealing for parents, youth and community leaders to assist in making this year’s festivities safe and fun:

“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 to an individual or damage to property. Children using sparklers should also be closely supervised.

Chief Inspector Humphries explains the measures that are being taken to ensure incidents of criminal damage don’t escalate during the Halloween period:

“High visibility patrols will be operating in hotspot areas to prevent crimes occurring. What might seem like a prank to some young 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. We hope that with the support of parents, schools and local community groups we can work to help make Halloween safe and enjoyable.”