Trouble-free Bonfire Night and Hallowe’en

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BONFIRE Night went off without any sparks of trouble — and Hallowe’en took place without any serious bumps in the night, police and council officials in Hucknall have reported.

The police, Ashfield District Council and other agencies put plans in place to combat any anti-social behaviour that might have flared during the festivities on back-to-back weekends.

But the Dispatch has been told that apart from a few minor problems, the town enjoyed a relatively trouble-free time.

In the run-up to Hallowe’en, the council’s community protection officers (CPOs) stepped up patrols, while on Hallowe’en night itself (Monday October 31), they made sure it was all about treats rather than tricks.

The CPOs hit the streets of Hucknall and other parts of the district until 10 pm to dish out sweets to youngsters who had dressed up and were out enjoying themselves.

Anyone committing anti-social behaviour faced the threat of on-the-spot fines. But only a few cases of eggs being thrown were reported.

The CPOs also confiscated some alcohol from under-age drinkers.

Coun John Wilmott (Lab), of Hucknall, who is deputy leader of Ashfield Council, said: “The CPOs were all out in the local communities to help prevent anti-social behaviour and help make sure everyone had fun.”

Rebecca Whitehead, the council’s community protection manager, said: “Although we had some reports of poor behaviour, the overwhelming majority of children behaved themselves and were out in good spirit to enjoy Hallowe’en.”

Hucknall’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, said there wasn’t an increase in calls to his officers during Bonfire Night, adding that “everyone behaved themselves”.

A claim was made to the Dispatch through our Facebook page that teenagers were throwing fireworks into Hucknall gardens staging their own Bonfire Night parties.

One mum, Jo-Jo Weir, of Hucknall, claimed that a rocket was thrown at her son and it “nearly blew his face off”.

However Insp Butler said he wasn’t aware of any trouble in the town during the Bonfire Night weekend.

He added: “Unfortunately, some people do throw fireworks. If we have evidence,arrests will be made.”

There were no reports of any serious Hallowe’en or Bonfire Night-trouble in Bulwell.

Nottingham City Council also had plans in place to tackle problems with its own CPOs, who were joined by trading standards officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) on patrol.

There was a poster campaign and a marked police-vehicle was on hand to respond to firework emergencies.

In the run-up to Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night, visits were also made to local schools.