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Mischief Night clampdown
YOUTHS who hurl eggs and flour in the run up to Mischief Night are being targeted by police in York and North and East Yorkshire as they warn teenagers their “malicious” actions can cause misery.
Officers in North Yorkshire and Humberside police forces have launched a campaign to highlight the problems caused over the weeks leading up to and after Mischief Night, which traditionally takes place on November 4.
Police will be stepping up patrols and will contact local shops to encourage retailers not to sell large quantities of flour and eggs to young people.
Sergeant Pete Rogers, of the Pocklington and Wolds Weighton Neighbourhood Policing Team, is spearheading a campaign under the banner “Your Mischief, Their Misery” which will run until November 6.
Sgt Rogers asked parents to make sure they knew where their children were and what they were doing.
He said: “The distress and misery caused by antisocial behaviour and minor damage around Mischief Night can be traumatic for those targeted and very often the most vulnerable people in our communities are the victims.
“This is not about fun. Very often these acts are openly malicious and property is permanently damaged.
“If offences are committed those responsible will be dealt with and our patrols will be out and about ensuring that we are around to do this.”
In North Yorkshire, police are asking everyone to play their part to ensure that Mischief Night passes off peacefully.
Parents are asked to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing and also to make sure that youngsters know the dangers of playing with fireworks.
A force spokesman said: “This time of year is often feared by vulnerable members of our community. We want to send a clear message that we will not tolerate any trouble under the guise of mischief.
“Our message is simple; ‘enjoy the season, have fun, but not at others’ expense or you will find yourself facing the consequences’.”
To report a crime phone police on 101.