POLICE in South Lakeland have been in to local schools to speak to young people about being responsible during half term and Hallowe’en.

In October there is a 56 per cent increase in reports to police of anti-social behaviour, particularly around the end of the month.

Police officers, police community support officers and special constables have been in schools advising youngsters on how to ‘trick or treat’ safely while respecting others.

Officers have been out on patrol during the holiday speaking to young people.

They have also been working with partner agencies organising activities during half term.

In Kendal extra staff will be on foot patrol on the estates and a trip has been organised with Young Cumbria to take up to 70 children from the Hallgarth area to Blackpool today.

A youth disco with music and an entertainer for under-11s will be held on the estate this afternoon and later there will a disco for older children. There have also been police drop-ins at Milnthorpe, Arnside, Burneside, Crosthwaite and Staveley to ensure people receive information and advice for Hallowe’en.

And posters have been handed out to residents living in Hallowe’en ‘hot spot’ areas in Ulverston and the Lakes giving trick or treating advice.

Chief Superintendent Steve Johnson said: “We are talking to young people about enjoying the half term holidays and Hallowe’en in a safe and responsible way.

“Hallowe’en is an annual event, which is a lot of fun for most. However, we are aware that some people can feel intimidated and frightened.

“We want to make sure that if children and young people trick and treat they are respectful of other people and do not take unnecessary risks.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes said: “The majority of people enjoy Hallowe’en but there is a small minority that go that step too far. “The important message for us all is to think about others.”