Police in County Durham took to Facebook this week to warn young people that they could be arrested for throwing snowballs at cars, homes or people who do not want to be involved in games.
The message from Crook Neighbourhood Police Team in County Durham brought a mixed response with some people accusing them of spoiling the fun of the wintery weather.
The original message read as follows:
– Crook Beat Police Team
"Crook Beat Team are aware that it has been snowing and that people are going to have fun in it, however if anyone is caught throwing snowballs at vehicles or onto the road, they could be arrested.
Likewise, if anyone throws snowballs at person's homes or at people who do not want to be involved in the snow games, they could be arrested and it will be classed as anti-social behaviour."
John Young commented, "What a joke", whilst Julie Nicholson replied, "It's not a joke when the little darlings r putting stones in the snowballs b4 throwin them!"
Paul Emmerton accused officers of "sucking the fun from everything."
Police said that no arrests have been made.
– Spokeswoman for Durham Police
"Our general advice is, it might seem like innocent fun but it could have serious consequences."