The local Policing Team have been made aware of a recent trend on the social media platform ‘TikTok’, where people are filming themselves knocking loudly on someones door and then running away.
“Knock and run” is an old children’s prank which may appear humorous to people at the time, but is also known to cause quite a bit of distress to those experiencing a loud knock on their door, late in the evening. This sort of prank particularly upsets the elderly, the vulnerable, or those living alone, and can lead to serious repercussions, for both the people knocking, and any homeowners who choose to confront those knocking.
We appeal to parents and carers to speak to any children you know about this trend, as it may prevent them taking part in it and causing upset. If an event is reported, at the very least, anyone involved in this sort of behaviour will be spoken to by the Police. It may even be that a criminal offence has been committed by them, meaning a criminal conviction is a possibility.
If you experience this sort of prank at your home, please do not confront those responsible. You can report it to the Policing Team using the reporting page on the Police website using this link https://www.westmercia.police.uk/