POLICE in Royston have banned under-18s from buying eggs and flour in a bid to avoid Halloween problems. The youngsters will be refused purchase after police teamed up with shop owners and supermarkets in a bid to curb out-of-hand trick-or-treat stunts.
POLICE in Royston have banned under-18s from buying eggs and flour in a bid to avoid Halloween problems.
The youngsters will be refused purchase after police teamed up with shop owners and supermarkets in a bid to curb out-of-hand trick-or-treat stunts.
Hertfordshire police community safety manager Roy Aldwin said: "Many of the incidents involve flour and eggs being thrown as part of a trick-or-treat.
"These items can cause permanent damage to property and are reported as crimes."
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The egg crackdown comes after homes and cars were pelted when residents sent trick-or-treaters away empty-handed last year.
Royston Community Police Officer Julie-Ann Cundell said: "Towns always have a problem around Halloween.
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"It's an exciting time for youngsters, but it can get out of control.
"Royston has suffered in the past, so we have targeted the shops in the area.
"PCSOs have been in to see shop owners and a number of posters are now displayed around the town."
Posters are in the windows of a number of shops, stating that eggs and flour will not be sold unless part of a larger grocery purchase.
Somerfield supervisor Nicky Mingay said: "We will refuse the sale of eggs to anyone under the age of 18. If they look under age they will not be served and will need ID.
"We know what they want the eggs for - and it's certainly not for making a quiche or a cake!
"Trick-or-treaters can be frightening and sometimes even threatening and if we can help put a stop to that, it's great."
Teresa Chaffey, manager of Market One, in Church Lane, Royston also believes the ban is a good idea.
She said: "There's still a few more days left for the kids to try, but we haven't had many coming in to buy them - they know that they will not be served.
"I do agree with the ban, as I know how they can get out of hand. It's going to stop them to some extent, but at the end of the day they're still going to get hold of them."
Mr Aldwin added: "Troublemakers will be dealt with seriously.
"The trick-or-treaters also need to stay safe themselves and by following a few simple guidelines, we can all ensure Halloween is safe and trouble free for everyone."
TRICK OR TREAT STAY SAFE GUIDE
- Adults should always accompany children when trick-or-treating.
- Young people should never go out trick-or-treating on their own.
- Do not knock on the doors of strangers - only visit people you know.
- Always keep to well lit areas.
- Keep your tricks within the law
- Unless pre-arranged, do not visit elderly members of the community.
- If someone calls at your door - be cautious and check the callers identify. If unsure do not open the door.