Dark Nights

Welcome to our Dark Nights web page, here you will find some useful tips and advice on how you can celebrate Halloween and Bonfire Night safely.

It’s that time of year again, where the dark nights draw in, Halloween fancy dress goes on and Bonfire Night fireworks go off.

We’ve teamed up with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to urge everyone to have a safe and enjoyable few weeks during the festivities.

There are plenty of events happening across South Yorkshire so you can celebrate safely. Our officers will be out and about and there will be an increase in patrols, if you see our officers please say hi and why not take a photo and tweet us using the hash tag #CopASelfie #DarkNights.

Halloween safety:

  • If you don’t want any visitors on Halloween, download the ‘No Trick or Treaters’ poster and display it in a visible place for everyone to see. You can also pick one up from your Neighbourhood Policing Team who will be handing them out at events across the county
  • keep front and back doors locked
  • check the identity of all unexpected callers. Remember, genuine callers will not mind waiting outside while you call their employers to check who they are.

Fireworks and bonfire night safety:

  • Fireworks can be let off between 7am and 11pm, however on Bonfire Night, they can be let off between 7am and midnight and therefore we are powerless to act. Read more here.
  • After midnight it is an offence to set off fireworks
  • It is illegal to possess a firework if you’re under 18 years old
  • It is illegal to set off fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or public place
  • Don’t set off fireworks in the street or busy places; you could seriously hurt yourself or somebody else
  • The best way to enjoy bonfire night is to attend an organised display. The bonfires are bigger, the fireworks are better and they are a lot safer
  • If you are intent on holding your own display, only buy British Standard marked fireworks, follow the instructions on the box and site any bonfires well away from buildings
  • Do not leave rubbish or old furniture lying around – instead, store it securely behind a locked gate, away from your home
  • Ensure your wheeled bin is off the street after collection day and make sure it is secure within the boundary of your property
  • Small fires have big consequences- they can quickly spread, putting the lives of those you love most at risk.

Connor's Story

Our Connor's Story posters, in partnership with South Yorkshire & Fire and Rescue, highlight the dangers of young people playing with fireworks. 
Read more about Connor's Story and about firework safety on the Fire & Rescue website here
Who should I report antisocial behaviour to?

There are many different types of anti-social behaviour and not all of them are dealt with by the police.

Police have responsiblity for:
- Begging
- Dealing/taking of drugs & drinking alcohol in the street
- Gangs and youths drinking in parks
- Harassment or intimidation
- Hoax calls to the emergency services
- Misuse of fireworks
- Intimidating dogs
- Nuisance neighbours
- Prostitution and indecent behaviour
- Vandalism
To report the above antisocial behaviour to us please call 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also report your incident online, here.
Your council has responsibility for:
- Abandoned vehicles
- Dead animals
- Dog fouling
- Fly posters
- Fly tipping
- Graffiti removal
- Littering
- Lost or stray dogs
- Noise nuisance/noise from DIY
- Syringes or needles
- Waste on land
- Lighting of fires
To report the above anti-social behaviour to your council, please call:
Barnsley - 01226 772 468
Doncaster - 01302 736 000
Rotherham - 01709 382 121
Sheffield - 101 or 0114 273 4567
For more information about antisocial behaviour click here.

Last year, you may have seen or #ThrillervsRunningMan challenge... if not, here's another chance for you to be 'thrilled' once more by our dancing bobbies.