Working for a Safe Halloween and Bonfire Night

Press Release: 28/10/2008

A Halloween Lantern

Members of the Winchester Community Safety Partnership will be out in force on Friday 31 October in a bid to engage with young people and educate them about safety and acceptable behaviour. The aim is to make the District a safer place, particularly during the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.

The team will teach young people how to stay safe during Halloween and Bonfire week as well as asserting the importance of showing respect for those who choose not to participate in the celebrations.

Glow in the dark bracelets embossed with the logo ‘Give Respect - Get Respect’ and ‘Fireworks – Be Safe’, will be distributed to children on the night to help get the message across

Councillor John Cooper, Winchester's Portfolio Holder for Communities & Safety said:

"This time of year is an ideal opportunity for us to engage directly with young people and pass on some important messages. We don't want to spoil the fun but we need to ensure that our children can enjoy Halloween & Bonfire events safely whilst behaving themselves at the same time".

Winchesters Community Safety Officer, Sandra Tuddenham, added:

" There are some simple steps which parents can take, such as ensuring that their children go out in small organised groups and that the youngest 'trick or treaters' are accompanied by an adult. Children also need to be mindful of road safety, and ensuring that they wear reflective clothing is always a good idea if they are venturing out in the dark".