In a joint operation with the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade (LFB), Westminster City Council is launching a dedicated ‘Autumn Nights’ campaign to keep residents safe in the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night.
As the clocks go back at the end of October, the darker evenings can be a trigger for anti-social behaviour and crime associated with a small number of young people - for example letting off fireworks in residential streets.
Running from 18 October 2019 through to 5 November 2019, activity during the ‘Autumn Nights’ campaign will include:
Cllr Ian Adams, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing said: “Unfortunately, the darker evenings leading up to Halloween and Bonfire Night can lead to an unwelcome increase in anti-social behaviour and crime across the country including London, and Westminster is no exception. These incidents are usually down to an irresponsible minority, but we share our residents’ concerns so will be working with the police and fire services to put in place a comprehensive package of measures so people can enjoy a fun but safe Halloween and Bonfire Night.”
Superintendent Andy Brittain, from the Metropolitan Police’s Central West Basic Command Unit, said: “We recognise this is a challenging time for local communities who often suffer from increased levels of anti-social behaviour. We are working closely with our partners in Westminster City Council to ensure that together we support the community and deal robustly with incidents of criminality.”