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Crimes in fancy dress

Police figures show what Barbie, Clowns and Batman have been doing

A Freedom of Information request reveals that 60 different incidents in the last three years have involved fancy dress, which also include a racial abuse from someone dressed as a clown, superheroes being involved in a large fight, and a man dressed as Charles Dickens seen in Exeter with a sword.

But the only incident in which an arrest took place was in October 2015 when one person was arrested for driving without due care and attention in Torquay after a pedestrian was hit by a car.

The FOI also showed that Devon and Cornwall Police force received four reports mentioning the phrase ‘trick or treat’ on October 31st and November 1st last year.

In Newton Abbot there was an assault and someone with a dog dangerously out of control that caused injury to an assistance dog. There was also a robbery in St Ives, and an assault in Saltash.


Date Costume Type Log Entry Text Location Disposal
Apr-15 Golfers Male seen with baton Barnstaple No further action
May-15 Pirates Male seen with sword Plymouth No further action
Jun-15   Concern for welfare of drunk individual Penzance No further action
Jul-15 Policeman Suspicious individual Plymouth No further action
Jul-15   Approx 20 men on motorbikes all in fancy dress Hayle No further action
Jul-15 School uniform Possible trespass Exeter No further action
Jul-15 Batman & Robin Seen loitering outside hotel Exeter No further action
Sep-15   Anti social behaviour Hayle Words of advice given
Sep-15   Group of youths climbing fence and entering garden Redruth No further action
Oct-15 Cat, Dead schoolgirl Group of youths throwing eggs and being unsociable Camborne No further action
Oct-15   Glass being thrown in road Plymouth Was party poppers, not glass
Oct-15   Wing mirror damaged Exeter No further action
Oct-15 Inflatable Pedestrian hit ny car Torquay One arrest for driving without due care and attention
Nov-15   Concern for welfare of drunk individual Plymouth No further action
Nov-15 Joker Fight Totnes Crime investigated as far as reasonably possible. No suspect identified
Nov-15 FBI Agent Missing Person Saltash Missing person located
Nov-15   Students in fancy dress letting off fireworks Exeter No further action
Dec-15 Policewoman Female in drink impersonating a police officer Dawlish Named suspect identified: Victim supports action, evidential difficulties
Dec-15   Male seen with gun Plymouth No further action
Jan-16 Dragon Ball Z Missing Person Helston Missing person located
Jan-16   Missing Person Plymouth Missing person located
Apr-16 Alice in Wonderland Missing Person Plymouth Missing person located
May-16   Male seen with gun and sword Barnstaple Words of advice that items to be carried in bag as not to alarm
May-16   Report of individual walking on motorway   Search was negative
May-16   Damage to vehicle whilst parking Dartmouth No further action
May-16 Jockey Assault Truro No further action
Jun-16 Knight, Charles Dickens Male seen with sword Exeter No further action
Jun-16 Policeman Suspicious male Falmouth No further action
Jun-16 Orange jumpsuit Suspicious male Teignmouth No further action
Aug-16 Clown Racial abuse Exeter Crime investigated as far as reasonably possible. No suspect identified
Sep-16   Suspicious female Ivybridge No further action
Oct-16   Individual seen carrying knife Plymouth Pretend knife confiscated
Oct-16 Charlie Chaplin Anti social street drinking Penzance Group dispersed
Oct-16 Pirate Assault Plymouth No further action
Oct-16 Barbie Missing Person Torquay Missing person located
Oct-16   Youths kicking door Barnstaple No further action
Nov-16   Assault Plymouth Victim declines/unable to support police action. No suspect
Dec-16 Policeman Assault Plymouth Crime investigated as far as reasonably possible. No suspect identified
Feb-17   Cones and crash barriers thrown in road Bodmin No further action
Mar-17   Young child in busy road Parkway Search was negative
Apr-17 Fat costume Suspicious individuals seen Ottery St Mary No further action
Jun-17 Deadpool Suspicious individual seen Truro No further action
Jul-17   Group causing disturbance Looe No further action
Jul-17 Pulp Fiction Assault Paignton Crime investigated as far as reasonably possible. No suspect identified
Jul-17 Superheroes Large fight St Ives No further action
Jul-17 Clown Suspicious individual seen Ilfracombe Words of advice given
Aug-17 Golfers Group of males in drink and being aggressive Plymouth No further action
Aug-17 Hunter Male seen with spear Perranporth No further action
Aug-17   Male seen with sword Newquay Wooden sword confiscated
Sep-17 Harry Potter Missing Person Plymouth Missing person located
Oct-17   Assault Tavistock Caution issued
Oct-17   Individual with a chainsaw Torrington Search was negative
Oct-17   Domestic incident Fowey, Loswithiel & St Blazey No further action
Oct-17   Window smashed Plymouth No further action
Nov-17   Fight Exeter No further action
Dec-17 Clown Seen carrying foam knife Ivybridge No further action
Dec-17   Damaging statue Saltash No further action
Dec-17   3 or 4 drunk males Tavistock No further action
Dec-17   Aggressive drunk male Torquay No further action
Feb-18   Man seen with rifle Exeter No further action

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