Northumbria Police are asking people to "show a little consideration" after receiving reports of snowball related anti-social behaviour in Sunderland. There's been more than 70 reports in the last 24 hours from people who've had snowballs thrown at themselves, their cars and their homes.
– Inspector Paul Stewart, Northumbria Police
It is easy to turn a topic like this into a joke and shrug it off, but those people who have called police clearly have genuine concerns. It's not nice to be driving along and for a flurry of snowballs to hit your windscreen or be an elderly person hit by a snowball while walking home or to the shops.
If we receive reports of incidents involving snowballs being thrown at people or property, potentially causing damage or injury, then appropriate action will be taken, as with any other calls reporting anti-social behaviour.
Last week, Durham Police also issued a warning for people to take care when throwing snowballs.