Police are urging residents to be mindful of others when trick or treating this Halloween.

West Mercia Police said it can be a fun time of year for children and young people, but for others, Halloween behaviour can leave them feeling intimidated and distressed.

Superintendent Edward Hancox said: “We know Halloween can be an exciting time for many people and we don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun, but we are asking that if you do plan on trick or treating that you are mindful of others who might not want to get involved.”

As in previous years, the police will be increasing their presence throughout the evening on October 31 with officers carrying out high visibility patrols in key areas to ensure those who are out and about can enjoy Halloween safely.

Superintendent Hancox added: “If anyone does have any concerns while they are out trick or treating, whether it be anti-social or suspicious behaviour, I would encourage them to report this to us.

“Residents can also sign up to Neighbourhood Matters, which allows communities to raise concerns directly with their local policing team about anti-social behaviour and crime in their area.

"The service is free and those who sign up can choose to receive news and appeals, local crime information and prevention advice.”

To sign up to Neighbourhood Matters visit www.neighbourhoodmatters.co.uk or to report information to West Mercia Police at www.westmercia.police.uk