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Police prepare for busy Halloween
9:30am Wednesday 31st October 2012 in News
OFFICERS in Essex are getting ready for a busy Halloween.
Tonight thousands of children will take to the streets for the traditional trick or treat fun.
But the night has a darker side with a rise in anti-social behaviour which can get out of control.
Essex Police is urging the public to help them by only calling 999 in an emergency and to otherwise call 101 to raise a concern or for advice.
Claire Heath, head of customer services, said: "Essex Police is here to help everyone in need.
"However, past experience shows that during the Halloween period the 999 number is used to report matters such as young people trick or treating in a local area, or pets being scared by fireworks.
"Such matters are most appropriately reported to police using the non-emergency, 101, number.
"It is very important that the 999 number is kept free so that officers can respond to genuine emergencies as soon as possible."