TIM DREW: Respect others this Hallowe’en

WITH Halloween just a week away, many young children will be preparing to enjoy the spooky season, but it comes with its share of warnings to avoid what started as a fun evening turning into a real night of horror.

The key message from the police is that those planning to celebrate Hallowe’en be mindful of others. Many vulnerable residents really do find it a scary experience to hear a knock on their doors after dark so, if you see a ‘No Trick or Treat’ sticker on a door or window, please respect it.

Neighbourhood Watch also advises parents to accompany their children at all times when ‘trick or treating’ and only to visit homes where they know the owner.

Other advice is to wear flame-retardant clothing short enough not to cause tripping, with reflective tape to increase visibility; to use face-paint instead of masks as these can obstruct vision; and to warn your children to pass any sweets received to you for inspection, in case of tampering.

In a busy week for surgeries and neighbourhood panel meetings, PCSO Graeme Foster’s surgery will be held on Saturday, beween 5.30pm and 6.30pm at East Worthing Community Centre, Pages Lane, followed by the Selden Ward Neighbourhood Panel meeting at the same venue from 6.30pm to 7.30pm that evening.

PCSO Gary Morgan (Northbrook) will hold his surgery on Monday, at the Durrington Community Centre, Romany Road, between 9am and 10am, followed by the Durrington and Northbrook neighbourhood panel meeting at the same venue from 7.30pm to 9pm that evening.

The next day, PCSO Yvonne Mortlock’s surgery will held between 10.30am and 11.30am at St. Michael’s Church Hall, Hayling Rise, High Salvington, followed by the Salvington Ward neighbourhood panel meeing between 2pm and 3.30pm at Durrington Library in Salvington Road. Lastly, PCSO Ben Cruise’s surgery will take place on Saturday, October 26, at West Worthing Baptist Church, South Street, Tarring between 11am and noon.