Posted on 8th November 2013
Residents received no extra spooks this Halloween as anti-social behaviour was scared off across New Mills and Hayfield.
Halloween is normally a busy evening for Safer Neighbourhood officers but the evening passed without any calls for service for anti-social behaviour in the area.
The Multi Agency Team (MAT) arranged a special Halloween trip which saw 90 youngsters from New Mills, Hayfield, Whaley Bridge and Chapel heading to Alton Towers Scarefest as part of a diversionary activity.
The teenagers were accompanied by youth workers and family resource workers on the trip which was part funded by Derbyshire police and MAT.
Sergeant Phil Booth from New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Diversionary activities, such as the Alton Towers trip, are a brilliant way for us to engage with local youngsters and help to steer them away from anti-social behaviour over Halloween.
“Neighbourhood priorities across the section include tackling anti-social behaviour and putting funding into the community for activities such as this is just one of the ways that we work to tackle these issues”.
Linda Artingstall who is the MAT manager for New Mills and Chapel added: “The trip was extremely successful and everyone had a great time.
“The supervisors were really pleased with all the teens’ behaviour and it is something that we hope to repeat next year as the results were so positive”.
The New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team headed out on patrol early evening on the night of Halloween to engage with youngsters about anti-social behaviour and the impact that it can have on residents living in the area.
Officers also visited shops across the community in the run up to Halloween to provide posters and to chat to staff about being cautious around the sale of eggs and flour to young people.
Lee Baker from New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “It was great to see so many children out and about trick or treating with their parents and not visiting homes displaying ‘no trick or treat’ posters.
“The evening was a real success which saw no calls for service in the beat area for anti-social behaviour”.
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.