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Halloween nightmare for homeowers

PUBLISHED: 11:39 01 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK police inspector has condemned youngsters who ran amok across the county and turned Hallowe'en celebrations into a night of shame.

Suffolk police estimated they were called to up to 300 times from worried residents last night after youngsters playing the traditional Hallowe'en trick-or-treat game went on the rampage.

A SUFFOLK police inspector has condemned youngsters who ran amok across the county and turned Hallowe'en celebrations into a night of shame.

Suffolk police estimated they were called to up to 300 times from worried residents last night after youngsters playing the traditional Hallowe'en trick-or-treat game went on the rampage.

One incident involved sweets being stolen from a 12-year-old girl in Trimley St Mary.

A 14-year-old boy dressed in a Halloween costume carrying a toy baseball bat took the sweets, valued at £1.50 from the girl at about 6pm in Langstons.

The boy was warned by police following the trick or treat incident.

Elsewhere, several people were injured and a number of windows were smashed by youngsters throwing eggs at residents who would not hand over treats when asked to.

Incidents were reported across Suffolk and police said the majority of officers on duty last night had been involved in dealing with the Hallowe'en activities.

Inspector Mike Hinshelwood, of Suffolk police, said the calls from distressed residents had started flooding in thick and fast from about 6pm and had continued until about 10pm.

He added the vast majority of calls had involved youngsters hurling eggs at houses, windows, cars and, in the worst cases, people.

"Police have been inundated with calls from across the county as a result of Hallowe'en activities. Over 100 calls related to eggs being thrown at houses, windows, vehicles and people, causing damage and injuries as well as mess and distress," said Mr Hinshelwood.

"Other calls have related to youngsters being assaulted by people who did not like their activities. I think it's a real shame that the fun element of Hallowe'en seems to have been overtaken by over-the-top plain nastiness on the part of some people."

He added: "While it is understandable on Hallowe'en that children are going to be going out enjoying themselves, engaging in trick or treating, it is disappointing that some of them have gone clearly over the top.

"Their actions have caused a lot of distress to elderly people and are way beyond the boundaries of fun. It is just plain nastiness on the part of some people which ruins it for those who take it in its true spirit."

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