Surrey Police begin 'pumpkin patrols' crime crackdown

Image caption Police said they did not want to spoil anyone's fun but Halloween did not legitimise bad behaviour

A police campaign to target anti-social behaviour over Halloween and Bonfire Night is under way in Surrey.

Police are running "pumpkin patrols" in a bright orange vehicle that has been turned into a Halloween patrol car.

Officers are patrolling across the county and talking to youngsters and their parents during half term.

Supt Sharon Bush said patrols last year led to a fall in crime and anti-social behaviour and were being run again because of their success.

She said: "We don't wish to spoil anyone's fun and want people to enjoy themselves but Halloween does not legitimise bad behaviour or vandalism."

Officers have also asked shops not to sell large quantities of flour and eggs to people who they suspect will use them to damage property.

Retailers have been advised on how to avoid selling fireworks to people under 18.

The police campaign will run for two weeks.

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