The Metropolitan Police have arrested an 18-year-old man seen in a video posted on social media of two people entering a house in London.
The arrest was made after an investigation into social media footage that showed the man approaching people in public without their consent, and entering homes without the owners’ permission.
The video, which was posted on TikTok, shows the man and another person entering a home in Hackney without the owners’ permission. The man then proceeds to film a “tour” of the home.
The police believe that the man in the video is in breach of a community protection notice, which was issued in May 2022. The notice prohibits him from carrying out any act which will or is intended to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
‘Taking the matter seriously’
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.”