Fun for everyone during dark nights

Fun filled community events held across Doncaster to celebrate the dark night’s period. 

Over the past couple of weeks police and staff from EPIC, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust Crime Prevention Programme, have been working together to tackle and address anti-social behaviour issues linked to the upcoming dark nights season. 

Chief Inspector Jayne Forrest who has been involved in the partnership work said: “The sweets and sparklers are at the ready for both Bonfire Night and Halloween, and we have been working with our partners to ensure everyone is able to safely and happily enjoy the celebrations they have planned. 

“Through this partnership work we have spoken with different community groups and charities to understand local concerns and identify how we can work with our partners to deter and address anti-social behaviour, raise awareness of firework safety, provide advice and support and work to keep everyone safe.” 

From this partnership work over 60 community events including a UV paint party, light party, firework displays, a community boxing club, Halloween disco, dance sessions, food festivals, a circus academy, baking party and zorbing, to name a few, have to be organised across the borough.

The different events and activities are designed to appeal to young people from across Doncaster, deter anti-social behaviour, prevent criminality and give members of our community the opportunity to safely celebrate Halloween and Bonfire night.

Chief Inspector Forrest continued: “This is an exciting time of year for all and I would like to offer my reassurance that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and action will be taken against anyone causing distress and disruption to our local communities. 

“I hope everyone enjoys whatever spooky and sparkly activities they have planned and if you would like to find out more about the events being held in your area, either speak to a local officer or visit the EPIC website here- https://www.epicdoncaster.co.uk/

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust EPIC Programme manager Marcus Isman-Egal said: “As part of our borough wide approach to anti-social behaviour we are working with the police and partners to offer a range of positive activities through ‘Dark Nights’ for young people aged 10 – 17. 

“We want to ensure that young people have a range of exciting activities to get involved in to prevent incidents of anti-social behaviour and youth related nuisance. This means that everyone in the community can enjoy the traditional Halloween and Bonfire Night festivities.” Details of EPIC Dark Nights activities can be found at https://www.epicdoncaster.co.uk/

As well as local events in Doncaster, work is being done across South Yorkshire to raise awareness of our dedicated Dark Night’s campaign. The yearly campaign highlights the dangers of fireworks, and the potentially fatal harm they can cause, tips on how members of the public can help us prevent anti-social behaviour and our advice on action you can take if you do not want to be disturbed by trick-or-treaters. For information about the campaign please visit our website here- www.southyorks.police.uk/darknights 

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