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Human cone pranksters moved on by police during Halloween

Published 02/11/2015 | 16:16

Daniel Theochari, 19, caught the five orange-and-white-clad figures on camera as he waited for a taxi on Clarence street (Daniel Theochari/PA)
Daniel Theochari, 19, caught the five orange-and-white-clad figures on camera as he waited for a taxi on Clarence street (Daniel Theochari/PA)

A group of people dressed up as traffic cones and holding up traffic following Halloween celebrations were dispersed by police.

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Kingston police in south west London revealed a screenshot of the logged call-out on their Twitter account, accompanied by the words: "A very interesting #Halloween style call out for our emergency response team!"

The photo was shared more than a thousand times on Facebook and Twitter.

Daniel Theochari, 19, caught the five orange-and-white-clad figures on camera as he waited for a taxi on Clarence Street.

The 19-year-old law student was returning from a night out at the Hippodrome in Kingston, and spotted the group at around 4.40am.

Speaking to the Press Association, he said: "I'd been out and I was just waiting for my taxi, and I saw them in the middle of the road. It made me laugh.

"There were a few people at the bus stop. It was just the taxi and the bus on the road, but s hortly after I left the traffic started to build up from when they had been blocking the road.

"They were just standing there and taking pictures and Snapchats and having a laugh, winding up the drivers. I looked into a taxi and the driver was laughing. Everyone seemed to be taking it light-heartedly," he added.

Kingston police confirmed the group was holding up traffic at the intersection between Eden Street and Clarence Street, which is pedestrianised.

A Kingston police spokesman said: "It was quite a busy night being Halloween, and it was a very unusual call-out to get. We are all humans in the police, so saw the amusing side of it. We understand that there are people having a laugh.

"But also there is a serious side - that standing in the road is not the best place to be. Roads are quite dangerous places.

"The group were spoken to and left," he added.

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