Emergency services appeal for calm on Mischief Night

Mischief night is often the busiest of the year for police and fire crews Photo: Calendar news

The Friday before bonfire night is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year for reports of antisocial behaviour. And so today, in the run-up to Mischief Night, South Yorkshire Police are carrying out a number of high visibility patrols in Sheffield. They will be particularly focusing on areas which have suffered incidents of anti-social behaviour in the past. This will include:

  • Dog patrols out in key locations to identify people using or in possession of drugs in the street.
  • Officers visiting various premises to check for illegal sales of fireworks and alcohol
  • Patrols to tackle antisocial use of scooters on the road
  • Plan clothes Special Constables and a police officer on bus routes around Woodhouse and Darnall
  • Joining forces with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and local authorities to provide plenty of activities to keep young people busy over the Hallowe’en and bonfire period.

And to show the the number and variety of antisocial behaviour incidents the Force deals with on this day, officers will tweeting details of every incident of antisocial behaviour that is reported between 12 noon and 12 midnight, and their response. The tweets can be read here.

“We know people are concerned about teenagers hanging around on the streets in their area. We know young people can get up to mischief when they have nothing to do so if your kids are getting bored of the dark nights log on to our website to find out exactly what is going on in your area. We know antisocial behaviour can have an impact on how safe and secure people feel and as a Force we are committed to tackling it.”

– Chief Inspector Colin McFarlane, South Yorkshire Police