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More patrols promised to curb Halloween troublemakers
5:30pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Echo News
POLICE will be stepping up patrols in Castle Point this Halloween in an effort to stop yobs causing trouble.
About 110 youths gathered in Hadleigh town centre last year, letting off fireworks near the A13 London Road, and annoying passers-by Police say extra officers will be on patrol in the town centre and at other potential trouble-spots throughout the half-term week, on the lookout for troublemakers.
CCTV operators will also be focusing on the town centre to catch offenders on camera.
Insp Chris Wood said: “We are boosting deployment to the places in the borough where we had incidents reported last year, particularly in Hadleigh town centre.
“Last year, large groups of youths were gathering in public open spaces such as John Burrows playing field and the memorial park, in Chapel Lan,e and lighting fireworks near the road.
“We do not want to be killjoys.
We just want people to enjoy themselves responsibly, but unfortunately, the selfish actions of a few people can spoil that.”
Godfrey Isaacs, Castle Point councillor responsible for community safety, welcomed the police tactics.
He added: “We want to prevent anything happening like it did last year. We don’t mind people celebrating and having fun, but they have to be sensible.”
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