A video captured the moment youths let off fireworks in a street on a night when police carried out 60 stop and searches.

Footage seen by the Epping Forest Guardian shows several fireworks being let off on Halloween night near cars and shops in Epping High Street, reported to have happened around 10pm.

One person wrote on Facebook:“Where's the law and order in our town, where's parental responsibility? Wake up people, these kids are ruining our home!”

Another wrote: “I know if I saw my kids on this video I would take them to the police myself.

“As parents we need to start taking more responsibility and disciplining our children.”

Epping Forest Guardian:

Fireworks were let off in Epping High Street (photo credit Jason Hadley)

Essex Police says it is aware of the video and received numerous reports of anti-social behaviour during the evening between 5.25 and 10pm in Merlin Way, Station Approach, Coronation Hill and High Street.

There were also reports of incidents in Coppice Row and Slade End in Theydon Bois.

Police say they also seized a large number of eggs from people after carrying out stop and searches.

An additional 20 officers were working in the Epping district last night responding to Halloween calls.

Chief Inspector Lewis Basford, district commander for Epping Forest, said: “While we don’t believe they are all linked, we do believe it was anti-social behaviour associated with the Halloween celebrations – which is one of the busiest nights of the policing calendar.

“We managed to get to each call within five minutes and moved a large number of people away from the areas they were found in. There were no arrests.

“We worked closely with businesses, schools and parents ahead of the celebrations to issue Halloween advice and guidance.”