Poster can be displayed in homes to say no to trick or treaters this Hallowe’en.

POLICE are offering a poster for people to download to say no to trick or treaters this Hallowe'en.

The 'Sorry, No Trick, No Treat, No Thanks' campaign encourages people who don't wish to be bothered to cut out the poster and place it on their door or front windows.

Neighbourhood policing inspector Paul Morgan said: "In recent years we have seen an increase in the number of people dressing up and participating in Halloween fun.

"We ask that anyone wishing to trick-or-treat consider other people, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, as they may get worried if strangers are continually calling at the door during the evening.

"We do not want to discourage anyone or spoil anyone's fun, but we would remind trick-or-treaters that some people do not want to be disturbed and we would ask people not to call at homes displaying this poster."

Police have offered the following advice to trick or treaters to stay safe during Hallowe'en:

- Always be accompanied by an adult when you are trick-or-treating.

- Only go to houses of people you know and who are happy for you to call.

- Stay safe, keep to places that you know and are well lit. Do not take short cuts through gardens, alleyways or parks.

- Watch out for traffic - drivers might not see you.

- If you are wearing a mask make sure that you can see where you are going and are aware of your surroundings.

- Carry a torch and a fully charged mobile phone (if you have one).