POLICE in Dungannon have warned the public that incidents anti-social behaviour and underage drinking will not be tolerated, particularly with Halloween approaching.
Police have received a number of reports of anti-social type behaviour, criminal damage, underage drinking and fires in and around the Quarry Lane area of Dungannon.
Large numbers of young people have been observed congregating in this area and the incidents of anti social type behaviour have, in the past, tended to increase in the run up to Halloween.
In previous years a bonfire has been held in this area and Police are keen for young people to be aware of the dangers of bonfires and fireworks and to be mindful of other people’s property and the safety of themselves and others. Police would ask parents to ensure that they know where their children are and what they are doing.
Police would like to remind people that any incidents of anti-social behaviour and underage drinking will be dealt with robustly.
While bonfires themselves are not illegal, they can be a source of considerable annoyance and are potentially a dangerous source of pollution. Police would encourage everyone to ensure all bonfires are safe and are of no threat to life or property.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is firmly committed through its work with its partner agencies and local communities to address any issues related to bonfires as we all have a duty of case to ensure the safety of those involved with or affected by bonfires. We will fully investigate any complaints in relation to breach of the peace, or any allegations of anti-social behaviour or disorder in relation to bonfires.
Police would like to wish everyone a Happy but Safe Halloween,. however would remind people to think safety first.
Mark Watson, Station Commander, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) said: “We want everyone in the community to enjoy themselves this Halloween but to do so safely and responsibly. Fireworks and sparklers can be dangerous and without proper supervision they can cause serious injury. We would appeal to the public, parents, young people and community leaders to always follow the Firework Code and ensure that Fireworks and sparklers are used safely and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Plan any Firework display in advance to make it both safe and enjoyable.
“We would like to remind people about the consequences of starting deliberate fires, if Firefighters are out dealing with a deliberate fire then resources from further afield would have to be diverted to attend a real emergency.
“Remember if Firefighters are called out to a fire during Halloween it’s because somebody in that area is worried or concerned. Firefighters are not out to spoil anyone’s fun and are there to protect life, protect property and work tirelessly to keep you and your community safe.
“Halloween should be a time of enjoyment and fun for everyone and by following a few basic safety rules and by always putting safety first, it can be.”