A mobility scooter stolen from outside a funeral, fake Ј20 notes at a wake and punch-ups at weddings are among crimes committed at family occasions in Merseyside over the last year.
Figures revealed following a Freedom of Information request show the force received eight calls about wedding receptions in 2014/15, three about funerals and six about wakes.
Among the incidents reported were three incidents where someone was assaulted during a wedding reception and one where an argument at a wedding at a hotel led to an assault. Thefts while people were otherwise engaged with wedding events were also a problem, with unattended bags being taken during the photos, a watch stolen while its owner was getting ready and a car broken into during the event.
A funeral-goer had their mobility scooter stolen from outside a church after they left it parked up in order to attend the service. No suspect was identified.
A social club called police after six Ј20 notes handed over the bar at a wake were found to be fake, while a club had bottles of alcohol stolen from its basement during another wake.
Arguments descending into violence were also a problem, including an incident at home waiting for a funeral, where an argument developed between family members and someone was assaulted, and another at a wake in a family home, where an argument developed and the victim was punched in the head.
The information is based on a search of police records for the phrases wedding, funeral or wake, so some crimes may be missed if the type of event is not recorded for the incident.
Some recorded incidents may be where police have been asked to attend a large planned event, which may require traffic or crowd management.
A Merseyside Police spokesperson said: ”Officers are called to deal with a variety of incidents at various locations on a day-to-day basis. Often events such as weddings and funerals can be highly emotive and can sometimes lead to incidents such as arguments and assaults, where police attendance is required.
”Events such as this can also attract thieves and officers are continually working to ensure people keep their belongings safe and offer crime prevention advice to venue owners and staff.”