A CAMPAIGN that helps to keep people safe during Halloween and Bonfire Night was launched on Friday.

South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and Yorkshire Ambulance Service run operation Dark Nights every year.

The campaign sees officers visit schools to educate children on how to stay safe.

All of the services are asking people across the county to be 999 wise – especially on Bonfire Night – to help keep their resources free for genuine emergencies.

For the police, this means only calling 999 if you are experiencing an emergency or someone’s life is in danger and using alternative ways to report non-emergency crime.

Silver Commander for Dark Nights, Chief Inspector Lee Carlson: “Your neighbourhood teams will be out and about in the evenings throughout this period, working hard to make sure that everyone can have an enjoyable and safe time.

“This is an extremely busy time for officers and our call handlers and I would urge people to think before calling 999 or 101.

“We need your support to ensure we are able to respond to the people who need us the most.”