VIDEO: Watch as hundreds of elves pour into Thornton petrol station for annual prank

Can how elves can you fit inside a small petrol station shop?

Friday, 23rd December 2016, 2:35 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th December 2016, 3:01 pm

Well now, thanks to hundreds of pranksters on their annual Christmas pub crawl - or 'CPC' - we finally know.

Cameras at the Woodlands patrol station, in Fleetwood Road North, Thornton, caught the moment a crowd of revellers burst inside - showing a complete disregard for, err, 'elf and safety'.

What starts off with just one joker chanting CPC soon becomes a friendly flashmob, leaving the shopkeeper stunned last night.

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"Everybody down," somebody can be heard shouting, before hundreds of elves start leaping in the air.

Then, as quickly as they appeared, the crowd disperses into the night, a forecourt camera shows.

Footage of last night's good-natured stunt, which is becoming bigger and bigger every year, has now been posted online, much to the delight of Facebook users.

Leanne Porter said: "Just shown my kids, told them the elves come alive at night and get up to mischief, now they really believe."

And Laura Jinks added: "I love watching these every year, although I'm pretty sure the group gets bigger every year."