Humberside Police and Hull City Council are working together to tackle anti-social behaviour in the North Hull area.
Ahead of Halloween and Bonfire Night, the police’s North Hull teams are increasing patrols in the area to prevent firework misuse and other offences.
The initiative is being backed by Hull City Council, which is working closely with the force to tackle anti-social behaviour in those areas.
Local Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Lee Edwards said: “In preparation for the Halloween and Bonfire Night season, we have already increased our police patrols across North Hull, making sure that we have officers out on the streets to offer reassurance and challenge anyone behaving inappropriately.
“As part of these patrols, we have already challenged a number of people found behaving antisocially or committing offences and we have also issued a number of dispersal orders to disband groups of youths, particularly in Bransholme and Orchard Park.
“Not only does this mean that they have to leave the area immediately, but they also face potentially being arrested should they return whilst the order is in place.
As the leaves start to fall from the trees and the nights start to draw in, our #NorthHull teams have been busy preparing for the Halloween & Bonfire season, taking action to prevent incidents of antisocial behaviour. Read about the work we are doing at: https://t.co/cqo8GVpEmn pic.twitter.com/JVkMVhI0nI
— Humberside Police – Hull (@HumberbeatHULL) October 2, 2020
“There have been reports received this week of fireworks being set off and used antisocially by teenagers in the North Hull area, and I want to be really clear that we will not tolerate anyone using them in this manner.
“Fireworks can be a really special thing for families to enjoy at this time of year, however if used inappropriately they can also be incredibly dangerous, cause distress and potentially put lives at risk and in danger.
“The possession of fireworks by anyone under the age of 18 is an offence in itself as is the sale of fireworks to under 18-year-olds. We are working closely with Trading Standards to investigate how the teenagers are getting them and if it is established that the illegal sale of fireworks is taking place, appropriate action will be taken against anyone involved to prevent further incidents.
Councillor Mike Thompson, Hull City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Communities and Environment, said: “The council’s Neighbourhood Nuisance Team is working really closely with Humberside Police to tackle any anti-social behaviour across the North Hull area.
“We will not tolerate any unacceptable behaviour and will not hesitate to take further action, where it is appropriate to do so, in order to protect our communities in the North Hull area.”
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