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Police delighted after fall in Halloween calls

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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Police have hailed Halloween a resounding success with the lowest number of emergency calls for many years.

On what has traditionally been one of the busiest nights of the year for officers in Avon and Somerset there has been a gradual decrease in 999 calls.

Between 4.30pm on October 31 and 2.30am on November 1 there were 332 emergency calls recorded, compared with 475 last year, which was itself a reduction on the 571 received in 2010.

Year on year since 2007, which recorded 1,900 calls, there has been a reduction in the number recorded.

During the evening there were isolated incidents across the force area – minor incidents involving fireworks, eggs and flour and some antisocial behaviour.

High-profile antisocial behaviour patrols were held and no arrests were made.

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 or treat but some 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 antisocial behaviour – egg and flour throwing and firework incidents."

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