Hallowe’en reports of a burglar dressed as a Newcastle Brown Ale bottle, and of a disorderly individual wearing a baby grow were amongst incidents involving people in fancy dress, which were reported to the PSNI over the past five years, the force has revealed.
Between November 1, 2009 and October 31 this year there were 26 incidents across the whole of Northern Ireland.
The incidents recorded by the PSNI ranged from indecent exposure to drugs possession.
In one of the most serious instances - on October 27, 2013 - a report was received of a man in fancy dress having exposed himself in a night club car park.
According to the PSNI record: “Female reported that a male in fancy dress had approached her and exposed himself.”
The man was arrested although it subsequently transpired that he hadn’t actually been in fancy dress.
Of the other Hallowe’en incidents reported, one was reported to have involved an individual in a military uniform who on October 31, 2010, became involved in a “verbal argument” although there were “no offences committed.”
The drunken romper in the baby grow came to police attention on the same date.
The PSNI record notes: “Drink taken; no injuries.”
In 2011, on October 29 there was a report of a person in a police uniform causing criminal damage.
Two days later there was a report of a person in a soldier’s uniform being in possession of drugs.
The largest single category of reported incident that occurred around Hallowe’en over the past five years involved groups of people in fancy dress engaging in anti-social behaviour.
There were eight such incidents on police records over the past five years across the whole of Northern Ireland.
The descriptions ranged from “anti-social behaviour,” to “youths playing prank,” to “youths causing annoyance,” to “damage only collision.”
Not all of the reports of suspected criminals in fancy dress were made at Hallowe’en, however.
On August 3, 2012, the PSNI received a report of a person dressed in a “fig leaf” having been indecently exposed.
There is no way of ascertaining from the PSNI records whether this was a hoax call or not.
Another suspected incident of indecent behaviour was reported on September 12, 2012, with the description of the costume given merely as “bandaged.”
On September 21, 2012, a person wearing a “Queen Mask” was alleged to have been behaving anti-socially.
And on April 6, 2013, a person dressed as a lion was amongst a group of people alleged to have been engaged in anti-social behaviour.
There was “no sign of the persons,” however, according to police records.