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    • nottspolice Police are urging 'trick or treaters' not to make life frightful for other members of the community on Halloween. And Nottinghamshire Police is asking those who do not want trick or treaters knocking on their door to download, print off and display a specially-designed poster explaining this. Residents subjected to antisocial behaviour on 31 October are also being asked to help prevent the police Control Rooms from becoming overloaded by only calling 999 for genuine emergencies. "It's all about making sure everyone is safe and happy on Halloween," said Chief Inspector Ted Antill, who works in the control room. "We have guidance for people's children to follow if they go out trick or treating and while much of it may sound like common sense, it's better to follow it and be safe. "It's also important for young people to respect the wishes of those who do not want to be disturbed. "They should be aware that callers at the door after dark can be intimidating for some elderly residents, and annoying for those with young families." Ch Insp Antill also wanted to reinforce the message about calls to the police on the night. "We can experience an increase in 999 calls of up to 25 per cent at Halloween so would urge people to call 0300 300 9999 unless life is at risk or a crime is in progress," he said. "Those extra 999 calls can lead to delays in reaching those who urgently need help, so use the 0300 number if appropriate or if you can wait till a less busy time, then please do so." The 'No trick or treat' poster can be downloaded by clicking on this link Anyone planning on celebrating Halloween by 'trick or treating' should follow these simple rules: · Children should always go trick or treating with an adult. · Keep to areas that are well lit with streetlights, or alternatively take a torch. · Stay with friends -- don't split into smaller groups unless accompanied by an adult. · Choose a costume which does not restrict a child's movement or sight. · Consider using face paint as masks can limit a child's vision, which could pose a danger when crossing roads. · Reiterate the importance of good behaviour to children to avoid being a nuisance to residents. · Don't knock on doors where there is a 'No trick or treat' sign. · Don't enter any house -- stay on the doorstep. · Be careful not to frighten vulnerable people, especially the elderly. · Never throw items like eggs and flour - this is not a trick and can cause significant damage and misery. It can also be classed as criminal damage or even assault, and a night of 'fun' could result in a visit from the police. Visit our website Follow us on Twitter Become a fan on Facebook
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    • nottspolice A project to ‘design out’ crime was officially launched in a Nottinghamshire village on Friday (March 11). East Stoke is believed to be the first community in the country to have had security in all its homes upgraded and CCTV installed to cover the entire village. The project began two years ago and has now resulted in the community being awared Secured By Design status by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). Secured by Design is a police initiative to encourage the building industry to adopt crime prevention measures in the design of developments to assist in reducing the opportunity for crime and the fear of crime, creating a safer and more secure environment. The project involved ensuring that doors and windows has effective locks, and that garden and shed security measures are also taken. Installation of security lighting and intruder alarms has also been included. The village’s CCTV and street lighting coverage have also been extended. Nottinghamshire Police has teamed up with the county council and the village’s Neighbourhood Watch group, led by resident Sid Davies, to develop the initiative, which also received National Lottery Funding. Assistant Chief Constable Ian Ackerley, who came up with the proposal for achieving SBD status, said: "We all like to feel our communities are becoming increasingly safer, and across Nottinghamshire crime is reducing at a faster rate than anywhere else in England and Wales. "Those reductions have been achieved by employing a plethora of different approaches which are appropriate to each of our communities. "What is happening in East Stoke is truly innovative, resulting from police and partner organisations listening to the community here and responding with a solution that has been talked about in Nottinghamshire for some time. "I’m delighted to say that this project is now complete, thanks in part to funding from Nottinghamshire County Council and the National Lottery, and that East Stoke is ready to become a trailblazer for improving community safety and, consequently, its residents’ quality of life. "I’d like to pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of the residents of East Stoke, and in particular Sid Davies, who has been the driving force to develop this initiative. Their input has been inspirational and every bit as important as the work of the partner agencies involved. "For that alone, they deserve the greater peace of mind that this project will hopefully bring them." Listen to this boo to find out from Neighbourhood Watch chair Sid Davies, ACC Ian Ackerley and Architectural Liaison Officer Kevin Brown, how the project has developed. For more information about policing in Nottinghamshire visit
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    • nottspolice Home Secretary Theresa May MP gave a ringing endorsement of the force during a visit to St Ann's in Nottingham. She said she recognised the performance improvements the force has made and is confident this will continue. After meeting with DCC Chris Eyre, ACC Paul Broadbent and Supt Dave Walker, the Home Secretary spoke about the partne...rship work that is being done to tackle antisocial behaviour and local officers' enthusiasm for serving the public. She said: "I see from looking at the figures for Nottinghamshire and from talking to police officers and senior level officers here today, a force that has been improving and they are determined to carry on that improvement. "There is a real focus on ensuring they can deliver for local people - they are dealing with crime and cutting crime. "Be clear that we are getting rid of targets for police forces to be replaced with one objective and that is to cut crime. "That has been taken up here in Nottinghamshire and some of the things they are doing are working well, for example, how they work with the local councils and tackling antisocial behaviour. "There is a real enthusiasm for getting out there and dealing with the problems." Insp Keith Priest conducted a tour of St Ann's Police Station where the Home Secretary met response officers and the Drugs Offences Team before being taken on a tour of the area by the local beat team, led by Sgt Nigel Bradley. She attended a community meeting at Dane Court Community Centre before answering questions from the media. Visit Follow us on Twitter Become a fan on Facebook Watch our story on