Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Armed only with a flexible twig........and doubtless many eggs

Yes, that's right, it's Hallowe'en and the trick or treaters are ready and armed to the teeth with eggs, pumpkins and probably bricks if they can smuggle them out too.

Hallowe'en is reported to be the night of the year with the most emergency (999) and less dangerous calls (101) made, according to police control rooms.

However, Sussex police, amongst others have come up with a master plan which they expect will make the 31st of October the least dangerous night of the year. Recently, they published their Hallowe'en advice book, which advises children to wear short cloaks and robes ' in case they trip up on them'. More advice includes 'don't use a sharp knife to cut your pumpkin.'

Other problems are also evident. 'Warwickshire Trading Standards is on the lookout for shops selling broomsticks made from "real sticks that could choke a child" '.

Asda is bringing in measures that deny children the right to buy eggs in large quantities from their stores. Another quote: 'Asda has instructed its checkout staff to refuse 'bulk buys'. "A box of eggs bought with a loaf of bread and some milk is fine but 10 boxes of eggs on their own – forget it," said a spokesman.'

The Home Office, that wise fountain of wisdom, has decided, against tradition, to allow 280 or so pagans in HM's prisons to celebrate too. A spokesman said: "They will be allowed a hoodless robe, flexible twig and rune stones."

Source: The Daily Telegraph


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