Children who go "trick-or-treating" tomorrow face arrest if they carry flour and eggs and intend to cause trouble.
Police forces nationwide have set up special teams of crime-reduction officers who will tackle Hallowe'en revellers with Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and £80 on-the-spot fines.
Children who shout abuse through letterboxes or threaten those who withhold sweets face a conviction under public order laws. Spot checks will be carried out on shops, many of which are forbidden to sell eggs and flour to under-16s.
The police say they are merely protecting the public, but children's charities accuse them of being too heavy-handed.Reuse content