Viral videos on Facebook and Twitter appear to show a police officer lying on the ground, while a group of children surround him and throw eggs at him. The videos appear to be filmed by laughing onlookers, many of whom are cheering on the children, and have been widely circulated. However, they do not really show the egging of a police officer.
There are some clues as to where the videos are set. One Facebook account gives the location as ‘Gravesend estate’, and estate agents’ signs visible in the background are for the Kent-based Wards estate agents. Although no road signs are visible, at the end of the video a man can be heard shouting: “Don’t come down Dickens again”. This is a reference to Dickens Road, in Gravesend, although a check of Google Street View shows the actual location of the video is on the adjacent Shamrock Road.
This suggests that, if the videos showed a real assault, it would be a Kent police matter. We contacted Kent police to ask if it was real, and a spokesperson confirmed there had been “no such incidents”.
He added: “The video is understood not to be genuine.”
Although it is not clear who made the videos, one of the Facebook accounts which shared them belongs to Trollstation, which is a further suggestion that the videos are not real. On its YouTube account, Trollstation says its specialises in “bizarre and often surreal pranks” and describes its content as “intentionally provocative and controversial with the aim to get reactions from the general public in the name of comedic satire and entertainment.”
We got in touch to ask Trollstation if they made the video, but have not heard back at the time of publishing.
This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here.
For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as false
because the police have no record of a real assault on a police officer happening and believe the video is not genuine. It was shared by a prank website.