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Police slam trick or treat yobs

PUBLISHED: 10:18 09 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

FELIXSTOWE'S police commander today slammed the yobs who wrecked Hallowe'en night with their "horrendous and totally unacceptable" trick or treat antics.

FELIXSTOWE'S police commander today slammed the yobs who wrecked Hallowe'en night with their "horrendous and totally unacceptable" trick or treat antics.

Inspector Andy Bushell said investigations were already underway into how to stop potential trouble next year and make the event a safe one for everyone to enjoy.

Police education officers will be working hard in schools to push the message home about the behaviour expected at Hallowe'en, and it is understood that officers may go into schools soon to talk about what went on this year.

Insp Bushell said "yobs" was the only word to describe the 15 and 16 year olds who had ruined the trick or treat event.

People answering front doors had been abused, or been pelted with eggs before they could even say if they would give a treat, and had ketchup squirted through letter boxes.

Young children had had their sweets and money stolen from them by older youths, and in one incident in Trimley a 12-year-old girl had her treats stolen from her after she was threatened by a 14-year-old boy with a plastic baseball bat.

Insp Bushell had been on duty for the night and drafted in extra officers on over-time, but said they had been overwhelmed by the number of calls from distressed residents and still did not have enough officers to get to everyone needing help.

"I was horrified by the conduct of not just a few but many of the youngsters. I have not got a problem with trick or treat as long as it is done with supervision, but there was very little of that and I was extremely disappointed," he said.

"We were inundated, swamped, and it was a job to deal with the telephone calls which were coming in.

"The behaviour of some of the older youngsters was horrendous and totally unacceptable."

Insp Bushell said that education officers would go into schools to try to make youngsters aware of the distress and upset which had been caused in the community.

It was planned to do this just ahead of next year's event, but other initiatives were also being looked at, too.

More than 300 calls were received by police from across the county on the night with similar incidents all over Suffolk.

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