Posted on Tuesday 8th November

Cheshire Constabulary has thanked the community for enjoying Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night safely and peacefully.

Officers worked closely with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, local authorities and the ambulance service in the run up to and during the celebrations to help minimise disruption and tackle anti-social behaviour disorder.

The vast majority of the county’s residents behaved themselves throughout the Hallowe’en period. However, there were some incidents of isolated and sporadic disorder reported across the county and where this occurred, positive and robust action was taken by officers to arrest offenders, seize fireworks and issue dispersal notices.

Superintendent Martin Cleworth, who heads up the Constabulary’s Task Force, said: “We recognise this can be a busy time of year and we can see an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour and disorder. However, I’m pleased to say the majority of the county did celebrate and enjoy Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night safely and calmly.

“Our main areas of focus this year were Halton, Ellesmere Port, Winsford and Warrington. Although there was an increase in demand for our services, our close work with our partners ensured that the celebrations ran as safely and smoothly as possible and, where necessary, we increased the number of officers on patrol to allow us to respond to incidents more effectively.

“I want to reassure the public that we do recognise the distress caused to victims who have been affected by any criminal disorder during the Hallowe’en and Bonfire period, and we will thoroughly investigate those incidents that have been reported to us.”

David Keane said: “I would like to thank all the officers and staff who have worked hard during what can be a very busy period for the emergency services.

“I was pleased to see the Constabulary working with partners across the county to keep our communities safe. While there were a minority of people who acted anti-socially, it is pleasing the see that the majority of people enjoyed Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night in a responsible and safe manner.”