RESIDENTS in Lincolnshire who prefer not to be disturbed by trick or treaters this Halloween are being urged to display a poster by Lincolnshire Police.
Lincolnshire Police has released the poster to try to take the worry away from people, particularly the elderly, at the time of year.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: "Trick or treaters are asked please not to disturb anyone where you see this poster. This is not intended to spoil your fun, it's to avoid you inadvertently worrying vulnerable people.
"Please also remember that not everyone likes Halloween.
"At this time of year our neighbourhood policing teams work with local shops to discourage the sale of eggs and flour to youngsters.
They also attend schools to warn about the dangers of fireworks."
Parents and youngsters out enjoying the local festivities are being reminded that:
Young people who repeatedly disturb residents by knocking at the door or ringing the doorbell are committing an offence under the Town and Police Clauses Act of 1847, which carries a jail sentence of up to 14 days or a fine of up to £1,000 fine.
Groups of youths causing a nuisance will be dispersed and complaints of damage, nuisance and harassment will be positively dealt with. Offenders may be issued with Unacceptable Behaviour Warning Letters.
Throwing any object, including eggs, at a person can result in a charge of assault, even if the object does not make contact.
Common assault carries a jail sentence of up to six months or fine of up to £5,000. Throwing eggs, fruit, vegetables or other objects at property such as homes or vehicles may also amount to criminal damage, which carries a jail sentence of up to three months or fine of up to £2,500.
The Fireworks Regulations 2004 law states that it is illegal to sell fireworks or sparklers to anyone under the age of 18 and that it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess fireworks in a public place.
Failure to comply with firework legislation can lead to prosecution and a fine or a prison sentence.
To obtain a copy of the poster visit www.lincspolice.uk or visit your local station.