Stay safe during the next two weeks

Halloween and Bonfire Night are looming large on the horizon – and the Community Safety Partnership is urging people to ensure they celebrate safely during what is always a busy time of year.

Stay safe during the next two weeks

Residents have a chance to win a £100 voucher donated by Telford Shopping Centre by answering a question on a special Celebrate Safely campaign postcard.

The postcards are being distributed to primary schools across Telford and Wrekin as well as key public-facing council locations such as libraries and leisure centres.

The Community Safety Partnership will also have a stand at Telford Shopping Centre on October 21 to talk to shoppers about keeping safe and handing out the  postcards.

The Community Safety Partnership is also encouraging people to attend organised bonfires rather than having their own. The two main ones in the borough are Brookside Big Bang in the south of Telford and Donnington Bonfire in the north, both of these are on 14 November.

Councillor Richard Overton, Telford & Wrekin Council deputy leader and cabinet member for Public Protection, said: “The campaign is there to remind people to stay safe and as part of that we are urging everyone to attend organised events.

“This is an enjoyable time of year but the risk of accidents and incidents is inevitably increased.

“We want to ensure that the more vulnerable people in the borough are protected and those who don’t wish to take part or be disturbed are left alone.

“Our aim is to ensure that the next fortnight passes with everyone having a great time and no unfortunate incidents or accidents. We hope the advice on our postcode will help.”

The Community Safety Partnership is made up of a wide range of public, private and voluntary agencies locally including Telford & Wrekin Council, West Mercia Police, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Wrekin Housing Trust. All the partners are working together to tackle and reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and alcohol and drugs misuse.