Hallowe'en havoc from eggs and flour

POLICE in Suffolk were swamped with calls from homeowners after groups of youngsters playing "trick or treat" wreaked havoc on Hallowe'en.Officers were called to more than 80 incidents as teenagers terrorised neighbourhoods by throwing eggs and flour at cars and homes.

POLICE in Suffolk were swamped with calls from homeowners after groups of youngsters playing "trick or treat" wreaked havoc on Hallowe'en.

Officers were called to more than 80 incidents as teenagers terrorised neighbourhoods by throwing eggs and flour at cars and homes.

Police said they were left extremely disappointed after their warnings for children to mark Hallowe'en peacefully were ignored.

Insp Adrian Dawson said: "We had about 80 calls up to 10pm, mostly involving eggs being thrown at houses and cars. We do have extra staff on for nights like tonight anyway.


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"It's not so much a strain on resources but these incidents are very quick and by the time we have got round to it, quite often the people have gone and it's frustrating for members of the public and for police officers attending.

"We put out a press release asking for children to be sensible on how they behave on Hallowe'en and they have to throw eggs at cars. It's extremely disappointing."

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Insp Dawson said the force had topped up normal staffing levels in many areas of the county to prepare for Hallowe'en incidents, which is one of their busiest nights of the year.

"Certainly within many areas of Suffolk we have staffed up on normal officers on duty to try and give some reassurance to local communities," he said.

"We asked people to be more tolerant of the high-spirits of young people celebrating because we get inundated with calls. We ask people not to ring in for minor events because there could be a more serious event that we cannot get to."

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