Mischief clampdown

A CAMPAIGN to keep kids from causing trouble has been launched by police in Pocklington this week.

The neighbourhood policing team are gearing up for the annual Bonfire antics associated with the so-called traditions of ‘mischief night’ on 4 November.

Historically, there have been problems with youngsters throwing eggs and flour bombs at houses or cars.

Although the problems are usually low key, Sergeant Pete Rogers says it can often be a frightening ordeal for elderly people who may be living on their own.

He said: “The distress and misery caused by antisocial behaviour and minor damage around mischief night can be traumatic for those targeted and very often the most vulnerable people in our communities are the victims.

“It is aimed at that minority, and it is a minority, of young people who get involved in egging and flouring houses and cars over this period, pointing out that it might be fun to them, but it certainly isn’t for the victims.

“As always, we must stress that these problems are caused by a minority of young people and it is this minority who we are targeting through this campaign.”

Run under the header, “Your Mischief, Their Misery”, it has involved posters and leaflets being dropped throughout Pocklington and Market Weighton to help highlight the issue, high visibility patrols and visits by police to retailers in the area to discourage them from selling eggs and flour to young children over the coming weeks.

“We want to put out a very strong message to that minority of young people tempted to take part in this kind of activity.

“Basically, it is use your head, don’t do it.”