No. of police in Shibuya for Halloween doubles

posted on October 28, 2015

The Metropolitan Police Department has decided to double the number of police officers patrolling during Halloween events on Saturday from that of last year around JR Shibuya Station in Tokyo.

This is because a huge number of youths wearing Halloween costumes gathered in the area last year and there were instances of disorder.

An MPD official said, "To keep the events safe and joyful, we want participants to maintain their manners."

According to police sources, partly because last year's Halloween fell on a Friday, a larger-than-predicted number of young people gathered around the station between the evening and the following dawn.

The MPD increased riot police members sent to the area as guards. Though about 200 police officers stood guard, drunk young people wandered out into car lanes and caused other disorder.

Some of them were arrested. One was arrested on suspicion that he touched a girl's body in the crowd, and another male minor was arrested because he punched a police officer in the face.

source by the-japan-news
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