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29 October 2011, 08:35
There's going to an increased police presence on the streets across Essex to try curb any anti-social behaviour.
Essex Police say that it's a time of year when they tend to see an increase in anti-social behaviour and criminal damage in the county, so there is going to a more visible police presence this year to try to make sure that doesn't happen.
Letters have also gone out to pupils at secondary schools in the county warning them that any nusiance behaviour over Halloween could see them in trouble with the law.
Inspector Jasmine Frost, said: 'The message that I want to give young people is please don’t throw eggs and flour at people or their houses. At the very least this kind of behaviour is anti-social. At worst it could reach the threshold of a criminal offence and lead to your arrest.
If you decide to go trick or treating please take care and think carefully about which doors you knock on, particularly if you know there are elderly people living in the area.'
Officers are also asking parents to make sure their children do not go trick or treating alone for their safety.
Adults who would rather not be bothered by trick or treaters can download a poster by clicking here.