WEST Mercia Police are urging Bromsgrove residents to keep following Covid-19 rules whilst out celebrating Halloween.

Officers are also asking residents to be 'frightfully thoughtful to those living around you,' who might be living alone and may find parts of Halloween behaviour intimidating.

Chief Superintendent Sue Thomas said: “We want to get the balance right between ensuring everyone is doing their bit to prevent the spread of coronavirus by following the law whilst not stopping people from having a good, safe, time.

“As in previous years, we will have an increased number of officers on duty and will be carrying out additional high visibility patrols to ensure that anti-social behaviour remains low.

"We will also be engaging with those out and about and encouraging them to act responsibly and reminding them to follow Covid-19 laws. Where we need to though, we will take enforcement action.

“Perhaps most importantly, please remember that if you have Covid-19 symptoms or have been told to self-isolate you shouldn’t take part in any in-person Halloween festivities and shouldn’t give out sweets to trick-or-treaters. There are, however, lots of other ways that you can still make a memorable evening for your family.”

Officers have also produced their annual posters to help prevent visitors and spooky colouring sheets for young children; which are available from our Safer Neighbourhood Teams or on the West Mercia Police website.