Police in Derry City & Strabane are working with partners to make sure people stay safe over the Halloween period.

Chief Inspector Yvonne McManus said: “Our Neighbourhood and Local Policing Team officers will be on patrol to provide reassurance to local residents and businesses. 

“Our officers will also be visiting local retailers to remind them of their obligations, and carrying out operations in areas where we suspect fireworks are being sold illegally. I would strongly encourage anyone with information about illegal fireworks supply to contact us so that we can take action.

“Most people are responsible, but we need to be considerate and mindful of others when it comes to marking Halloween. What might seem like harmless fun to some, may actually feel like anti-social behaviour to others. If you have any concerns about antisocial behaviour in your community, you can contact us on 101, or 999 in an emergency.”

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Station Commander Bryan McCaul said: “Halloween can be one of our busiest times, so we really need you to be fire aware and act responsibly.

“Fireworks are explosives that can set fire to buildings and can cause serious injury. Only ever light them outside, in an open space and well away from children. Sparklers can cause serious injury. Never give them to children under 5, and wear leather gloves when using them. Fancy dress costumes can be highly flammable so make sure children are properly supervised. If clothing catches fire STOP, DROP and ROLL to quickly put the flames out.

“Check out our website for advice on how you can stay safe from fire. That way, we can all have a happier Halloween.”