MISCHIEF-makers have been stopped from buying flour and eggs in the run-up to Halloween – as part of a borough-wide drive to curb anti-social behaviour.
Solihull shops have put up posters, saying the ingredients won’t be sold to under 18s – unless they’re with an adult.
Coun Diana Holl-Allen, cabinet member for safer communities, said: “Unfortunately, in previous years, trick or treating has involved a minority of youngsters throwing eggs and flour at people and houses, after residents declined to give them a treat.
“Halloween can be intimidating and frightening for some, so please have fun, but not at the expense of others. I would also urge residents to look out for their elderly neighbours.”
As reported in last week’s Solihull News, there are a number of schemes hoping to tackle the spike in nuisance behaviour, often seen at this time of year.
Safer Solihull have issued a number of tips to parents and youngsters. They say that young children should only go trick or treating with adults. Older children should stick to a prearranged route, take a mobile, and be cautious of strangers.
If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour during this period, do not answer your door. Ask the trick or treaters to go away. If they do not go away, then do not hesitate to contact your local police station on 0845 113 5000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If it is urgent and you feel you are in danger, then call 999.