TikTok ‘prankster’ investigation: Met Police arrest man after footage of person bursting into homes

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An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance after videos circulated on TikTok.

Police investigating TikTok videos in which a person appears to walk into people’s homes uninvited have made an arrest.

An 18-year-old man has been detained on suspicion of causing a public nuisance and is currently in police custody. He was arrested on Monday evening (May 22).

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The Met said the arrest follows an investigation into social media footage of incidents including “apparently unsolicited approaches made towards members of the public in the street or on transport” and “entering addresses without the apparent permission of the owners”.

Detective Chief Superintendent James Conway, of the Central East Command Unit, responsible for policing in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, said: “I do not underestimate the widespread upset, distress and concern that these videos caused.

“Some people have referred to these as ‘prank’ videos, but I hope that this significant development demonstrates just how seriously we have been taking this investigation since this footage began circulating online.

“A number of these videos were produced, impacting on many different people and our investigation remains ongoing as we seek to build a strong picture of both the activity featured in the footage and impact on the public.”