Doncaster Children’s Services Trust have teamed up with South Yorkshire Police, Flying Futures and Club Doncaster Foundation to run a Dark Nights initiative, designed to deter anti-social and criminal activity around Hallowe’en, Mischievous Night and Bonfire Night.
The Trust’s crime prevention project EPIC (Encouraging Potential, Inspiring Change) are to help run a programme of activities in hot spots pinpointed by the police over a five night period, as well as conducting outreach work in those areas.
Dark Nights (formerly known as Operation Anticipate), will run in the school half-term between Monday 30 October and Friday 5 November.
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 our key partners to offer a range of positive activities through Dark Nights for young people aged 10 – 17.
“The focus is to ensure that young people have a range of exciting activities 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.”
South Yorkshire Police Force lead for anti-social behavior, Superintendent Colin Mcfarlane, has said: “We are working in close partnership with our local authority partners to engage with local communities and provide information and safety advice during the Dark Nights period. Officers will also be conducting extra patrols in the area to provide reassurance and prevent and address any issues relating to antisocial behaviour.
“Our main goal is to ensure both Halloween and Bonfire Night are safely enjoyed by everyone and we will continue to work with our partners to achieve this.”
“Volunteers are the best. People don’t understand or realise how much time and effort it takes to make their young person feel safe and trust them.”