The Safer Stockport Partnership (SSP) has launched its annual safety initiative over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.

Operation Treacle involves Stockport Council, the Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service working in partnership to ensure residents enjoy a safe and trouble free Halloween and Bonfire Night.

The initiative will highlight dangers and possible consequences of anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and fireworks misuse.

The operation is now in its ninth consecutive year, and will involve:

  • Emergency Services Operation Treacle Event Alexandra Park 27th October running from 14:00pm-19:00pm.
  • Test purchases at off-licences to stop underage drinking
  • Inspections of premises licenced to sell fireworks in the borough
  • In conjunction with Stockport County Community Foundation, 3 football sessions will take place in Reddish, Bredbury and Alexandra Park over the October Half Term Holiday

Action will be taken against young people aged under 18 caught with fireworks and anyone found harassing/ intimidating other people, or vandalising property.

Civil penalties that could be used for enforcement include anti-social behaviour contracts, Civil Injunctions, and tenancy enforcement actions/ evictions.

Officers involved in Operation Treacle will also visit schools in a bid to educate children about the dangers and consequences of playing with fireworks, deliberately setting fires and making hoax calls to the emergency services.

Councillor Shan Alexander, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Safe & Resilient Communities, said: “Operation Treacle has been a success in previous years, helping to ensure that the borough residents have a safe and enjoyable Halloween and Bonfire Night period. Residents will have fun and be sensible when participating in the activities.  However, officers will be vigilant on anti-social behaviour.

Members of the public are advised to only buy fireworks from sellers registered with the Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service. In recent years there has been an increase in the incidence of illegal and dangerous fireworks being sold by non-registered suppliers, over the internet and through mobile sellers. Residents wishing to report illegal sales of fireworks are advised to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 or email Trading Standards.

Residents can visit the Safe 4 Autumn website for safety advice, details of organised bonfire events or to download their own Halloween ‘Trick or Treaters welcome/not welcome’ posters.

There are also details on how to enter a competition to win a pair of Dr Dre Beats.