POLICE have charged a 16-year-old boy with throwing eggs in a town centre after increased patrols were called out to deal with a spate of incidents over Hallowe'en.

Officers received a number of calls from the public about youths in Tranent as the traditional guising night got underway.

In one incident a gang of youngsters were captured on CCTV fleeing the scene of a house where a woman's window had been shattered by a missile.

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Police are still appealing for witnesses who recognise those involved in that incident to get in touch.

Sergeant Derek Macdonald of Tranent Police Station said increased patrols had been introduced in an effort to deter anti-social behaviour, last Tuesday, October 31.

He said: "Unfortunately, a small minority of individuals used this (Hallowe'en) as an opportunity to cause disorder and disruption within our communities.

"We continue to work closely with East Lothian Council and local schools to emphasise to our young people the consequences of such behaviour to them personally should they be charged with an offence, as well as the concern this causes to the community - particularly those who are elderly and vulnerable."

Sgt Macdonald said the police wanted to reassure people they would take action where it was deemed appropriate.

He added: "A 16-year-old boy was charged with a breach of the peace following eggs being thrown in the Civic Square area and enquiries continue into a number of other incidents.

"Anyone with information about such behaviour is urged to contact Tranent Police Station via 101, or report this anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."