POLICE are stepping up patrols following a number of reports of yobs targeting older vulnerable people and causing 'a great deal of anxiety and distress' as part of a worrying TikTok trend.

Westham Neighbourhood Policing Team said they have recently been made aware of a number of reported incidents whereby doors are being struck by groups of younger people before they run off.

A spokesman for Weymouth & Portland Police said: "It may seem like harmless fun to some, but we are aware that a number of properties have been repeatedly targeted, including the home addresses of older vulnerable people. This behaviour has been causing a great deal of anxiety and distress to a number of residents.

"We have been out on foot patrol over the weekend in response to these reports and patrols will continue.

"We have already been able to obtain CCTV footage and have also been passed a few names of those suspected to be involved. Enquires are ongoing in relation to this and follow up visits will be made in due course to speak to those who have been mentioned in front of their parents.

"Those found committing offences or engaging in this activity will be dealt with accordingly.

"We are aware of a new TikTok trend called the 'Heartbeat Challenge' which involves followers playing loud music outside people's homes and banging their feet on their doors to the beat of the tune, before running off.

"If you are involved, please ask yourself how you would feel if it was your loved ones who were being targeted."