Police have released two images showing off a new social media trend called ‘beaning’ after a warning was issued to shops over the danger of selling baked beans to children.
Numerous videos have been posted on social media with the hashtag #beanbanditz, prompting West Yorkshire Police to issue an alert about the TikTok trend and Surrey Police to release pictures of incidents in their area.
PCSO Michelle Owens of West Yorkshire Police said: “If you work in a shop, please can you be aware of youths buying large quantities of cans of beans, if you have children living at home, please be mindful if you see them removing cans of beans from the family home.”
Surrey Police have released images after what SurreyLive called a bean-themed ‘rampage’ in the village on Wonersh.
Police in Surrey say bean-bandits poured baked beans onto front doors and cars under the cover of darkness.
Surrey Police said: “Local officers have received reports of incidents in Wonersh where beans and other food has been poured onto residents front doors and cars overnight.
“The victims are understandably distressed by this unacceptable behaviour.
“If something similar has happened to you or you know anything that could assist with identifying persons responsible please let us know.”
In one picture, four empty cans could be seen discarded near a doorstep studded with little orange beans.
Another showed a grey car with sauce dribbling down the driver’s window, leaving an unsightly orange smudge.
Anyone who can help solve the Surrey crime should contact police quoting PR/45210080264 via webchat on the Surrey Police website, online, by calling 101 or by private messaging Waverley Beat on Facebook.