Police issue mischief night warning to teenagers - don’t buy eggs or flour

Sgt Mark Chamberlain.
Sgt Mark Chamberlain.

Shopkeepers could refuse to sell flour and eggs to youngsters in the run up to Hallowe’en and mischief night.

They are backing a police initiative aiming at reducing anti-social behaviour at this time of year.

The North West neighbourhood police team (NPT) has urged shops not to sell flour and eggs to children and teenagers they suspect could use them to cause trouble.

Acting Insp Mark Chamberlain said: “The north west NPT are committed to working with local communities and businesses in an effort to make the local area safer and a more pleasant place to be.

“We know that local shops are a cornerstone of our community and are really pleased and thank them all for participating in this and all future initiatives.”

Shazad Ahmed, owner of Direct Deals on High Street, has taken part in the scheme for the past two years.

He is also a member of the West Yorkshire Police Independent Advisory Board.

Mr Ahmed said: “It very important that every business that sells fireworks, flour or eggs or anything that could cause a nuisance at this time of year is vigilant.

“We know the problems that can arise and we actively promote this scheme – it’s something that we always do.”

And Mr Ahmed believes the initiative has been a success in the past.

He said: “We get a lot of children in the shop during the day. The fortunate thing is the majority of the children we know by name and we know their parents.

“If there are every any issues then we either deal with it via the police or, more often than not, speaking to the individuals themselves.

“And we’ve never had any repercussions. The children in Horbury are well brought up, respectful children.

“This is a lovely community and we want to promote that.”

Another shop taking part is the Co-operative supermarket, on High Street.

Manager Steve Moat said: “We will be using our discretion to decide who we sell flour, eggs and other items to.

“We will also have an extra member of the management team on duty in the run up to mischief night as well.”

He said youngsters shopping for genuine reasons would not be targeted.

Mr Moat added: “Generally in the past we have not seen too many problems in Horbury. We are going to monitor the situation.

“But if we see groups of kids trying to buy a load of eggs we’re not going to allow that.”

Mischief night traditionally takes place the night before Bonfire Night, on November 4.

Youngsters usually play pranks on their neighbours such as egging doors.