Supermarkets and shopkeepers are being urged by police not to sell baked beans to children due to a bizarre new TikTok trend.
Stores are being warned to keep an eye out for youngsters looking to buy large quantities of the tinned goods.
Officers are also advising parents to check their cupboards after ‘beaning’ took off on the social video sharing app.
Videos are being posted on the social media site under the hashtag #beanbandits, which show youths smearing the juicy breakfast staple onto driveways, doorsteps and even cars.
The messy craze has prompted West Yorkshire Police to issue a warning to retailers and parents.
PCSO Michelle Owens said: “It has come to the attention of the police that a new trend has started by groups of youths called ‘beaning’.
“This involves youths throwing the contents of a can of beans over properties, very similar to the trend of throwing eggs at properties.
“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.”
Last month, Surrey police launched an appeal after the village of Wonersh was terrorised by so-called bean bandits.
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.
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