Victims of these surreal trick or treat crimes got more of a fright than they bargained for on Halloween 2016.

A person who had their purse snatched by men wearing V for Vendetta masks was one of dozens of Londoners who were victim to trick or treat crimes in the capital last year.

According to Metropolitan Police figures obtained by getwestlondon, 28 crimes that mention trick or treating took place on Halloween 2016.

Three crimes were reported in Harrow , two in Hammersmith and Fulham , two in Hillingdon and one each in Hounslow and Ealing .

Peak times for the crimes reported were between 7pm and 10pm.

As well as the thieves wearing V for Vendetta Guy Fawkes masks there were several cases of property damage.

Men dressed as V for Vendetta's Hugo Weaving snatched a purse last Halloween


A resident had a pumpkin thrown at their front door which broke some glass, and one shop owner had their windows smashed in.

Crooks posing as trick or treaters stole a watch from inside one home as its resident went to get them sweets.

The Met didn't identify the London boroughs in which each crime occurred
but in 14 cases the suspects were trick or treaters and in one case the suspect was "using trick or treating as a ruse for burglary".

A crack-down on a spooky London Halloween "ride-out" organised by motorcyclists was announced by the Met on Saturday (October 28).

Superintendent Tania Coulson said: “We know that some people may see the event advertised and think they are joining like-minded enthusiasts on a lawful ride. This is not the case. They drive ruthlessly and carry out stunts on the road.

"Officers will be out across London throughout the Halloween period and will deploy a number of police tactics to prevent riders from driving dangerously.

"We intend to prevent disorder and crime caused by riders and we will be dealing robustly with offenders.

"Any groups or individuals who cause disruption will be arrested."

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