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Police patrols stepped up to block anti-social behaviour on bonfire night

Neighbourhood police patrols will be stepped up this weekend in Tameside and Oldham in a bid to stop anti-social behaviour causing problems for vulnerable people.

As many will be getting ready to attend bonfire night and firework displays this weekend, officers urge the public to stay safe and think about vulnerable members of their community.

Neighbourhood officers will be patrolling communities across Greater Manchester to ensure that people celebrate responsibly and to make sure that everyone in our communities is kept safe.

In addition, the public are urged to be cautious before holding a firework display at home and instead encourage you to attend organised displays across the city-region.

Inspector Beverly Catterall of GMP’s Prevention branch, said: “As a partnership we are committed to tackling and reducing instances of anti-social behaviour that unfortunately occur in our communities, especially at this time of year.

“We understand how distressing this type of behaviour can be and the lasting impact it can have on individuals, as well as the wider community and we work hard with partners especially working closely with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service over the coming days to keep the public safe.

“We understand that many people look forward to the 5 November, however, we ask people to be mindful that irresponsible behaviour can cause distress to the most vulnerable in our society.

“Just like with Halloween, Bonfire Night is a fun occasion, and we'd like people to enjoy themselves, but also to celebrate safely and behave in a responsible manner."

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