No trick: Police plans went down a treat in Herts over Halloween and Guy Fawkes night

Faith and David Ward, aged four and three, at Riverside Shopping Centre's safe trick or treating event.
Faith and David Ward, aged four and three, at Riverside Shopping Centre's safe trick or treating event.

This year’s Halloween and Guy Fawkes night saw a slight increase in the number of emergency incidents reported to police compared to 2012, but no serious offences took place in the county.

Herts Police deployed extra patrols during the wintry festivities – including special constables and dog units – to deal with any tricksters or firework pranksters. Shops were also advised to limit sales of flour and eggs unless part of a larger grocery sale.

There were 18 calls to police from Dacorum on Halloween, while across Herts 999 was dialled 469 times and there were also 1,420 non-emergency calls. Last Halloween just 355 emergency and 1,417 non-emergency calls were made.

Dacorum’s Chief Insp Glen Channer said: “Halloween and fireworks night can be busy for police. However, we were well prepared this year with officers conducting proactive patrols and responding quickly to any incidents.

“I’m pleased to say we experienced very low levels of anti-social behaviour ensuring that people could enjoy the festivities.”