POLICE have issued a plea ahead of Halloween.

The West Yorkshire force is urging people to stay at home and celebrate in safety.

This time of year is traditionally one of the busiest periods for the police – last year in West Yorkshire, there were nearly 1,800 emergency calls on October 31 alone.

Chief Superintendent Damien Miller said: “This year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic it will be unlike anything before.

"We do want people to enjoy themselves, but now – as the whole of West Yorkshire has been placed in the ‘high’ Covid alert level – the usual festivities will not be possible and we are urging everyone to play their part and follow the guidance.

“This year trick or treating is not encouraged, but there are lots of activities families can do at home and keep safe.”

He said there will be an increased neighbourhood policing presence across all districts to offer reassurance, particularly to vulnerable residents.

“If anyone is concerned for their safety or has witnessed anti-social or criminal behaviour then we would urge them to contact the police," he added. "We would ask members of the public to be mindful though of the increased demand on both our 999 and 101 call handlers and consider whether there is an online option available to them.”