Plan to avert mayhem on mischief night

Police team up with Asda and Wakefield District Council to run a poster competition for youngsters, to help discourage anti-social behaviour around Halloween. 'Pictured: Adults L to R) Louise Brown - Asda Community Life Colleague, Richard Baker - School Liason Officer, Lindsay D'Arcy - Castleford Academy art teacher, Christine Beever - Castleford Neighbourhood Co-ordinator.'p313a443
Police team up with Asda and Wakefield District Council to run a poster competition for youngsters, to help discourage anti-social behaviour around Halloween. 'Pictured: Adults L to R) Louise Brown - Asda Community Life Colleague, Richard Baker - School Liason Officer, Lindsay D'Arcy - Castleford Academy art teacher, Christine Beever - Castleford Neighbourhood Co-ordinator.'p313a443

Police have teamed up with students at Castleford Academy to raise awareness of the distress caused by anti-social behaviour.

Youngsters at the Ferrybridge Road school took part in a poster competition to help cut rowdy behaviour on Halloween, Bonfire Night and November 4, traditionally known as “mischief night”.

Posters will be displayed in shops and businesses as part of the project, which is being supported by Asda, Wakefield Council and Wakefield and District Housing.

Five winners of the poster competition will get Asda vouchers.

Police schools liaison officer PC Richard Baker said: “At this time of year we get a lot of anti-social behaviour and we are quite stretched by it.

“The tag-line for the poster competition is ‘beware who you scare.’

“There are a lot of vulnerable old people out there who do not appreciate being scared.

“The messages are don’t throw fireworks and don’t commit criminal offences at this time of year.

“We want to raise awareness of the impact of anti-social behaviour at this time of year and we thought the posters would be a great way to do that.”

A range of free activities for youngsters will also be held at The Hut, on Kershaw Avenue, Airedale, on mischief night from 4pm until 9pm to help avert an upsurge in trouble.

There will be bowling, five-a-side football, touch rugby, circus skills and a radio DJ workshop at the community centre. Food and drinks will also be served.

Youngsters on the Airedale estate can get a lift to The Hut from youth workers on the night.

PC Baker said the drivers would display identification.

To report anti-social behaviour call the police on 101 on dial 999 in an emergency.