Star Wars spoilers should be a crime, says Philadelphia Police Department

The force also apprehended a couple of Stormtroopers

Christopher Hooton
Thursday 17 December 2015 10:19 GMT

Many Star Wars fans are struggling to avoid The Force Awakens spoilers this week, an issue of such severity it might be one for law enforcement.

“No, posting #StarWarsForceAwakens spoilers is not a crime. Yes, it should be,” Philadelphia’s PoliceDepartment tweeted. “We enforce the laws - we don't make them. Sorry.”

Their quip has been retweeted over 8,000 and was even picked up by a few politicians, leading the Philly Police to follow-up with a photo of officers apprehending a couple of Stormtroopers.

In the age of social media it can be pretty difficult to avoid spoilers entirely, though this Chrome extension might make life easier.

The Force Awakens had its European premiere in London last night, seeing, among many others, Carrie Fisher’s French bulldog walk the red carpet.

Critics’ reaction to JJ Abrams sequel has been largely very positive - you can read our four-star review of it here.

The film - released today - is expected to smash box office records, having sold more than one million tickets in pre-sales alone.

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