Avon and Somerset police have seen the quietest fright night ever with no Halloween-related arrests being made
Torrential rain failed to stop trick and treaters heading out but for this third year running the number of 999 calls fell. This year there were just 332. Traditionally Halloween one of the busiest nights of the year for police who got nearly 2,000 calls five years ago.
Extra officers were drafted into the Portishead police headquarters but they only had to deal with minor anti-social behaviour involving fireworks, eggs and flour. More than 98% of 999 calls were answered within 10 seconds. A special "call-back" system was also set up for victims so they could get a reassurance call back if they needed it. Police used social media to post advice and guidance.
Chief Inspector Andy Bennett, silver commander for the Halloween operation, said: "Obviously the wet weather deterred a lot of people from going out to trick and treat but some people took on board our advice and braved the elements to enjoy All Hallows Eve.
"Our aim was to ensure people had an enjoyable time, providing support and reassurance to our vulnerable and elderly members of the community, while at the same time cracking down on the isolated incidents of anti social behaviour, egg and flour throwing and firework incidents.
"There were a small minority of people who tried to cause problems during the evening but these turned out to be isolated incidents which were dealt with quickly and effectively. There were no arrests for Halloween-related anti social behaviour."
Police put it down to the advice and workshops they gave to young people up in the run up to Halloween.
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