Halloween horror: Manchester police attacked with fireworks in clash with gang of yobs

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In clashes with officers, a pack of an estimated 25 youths hurled fireworks at officers on Halloween. The group also set wheelie bins on fire in the Brinnington area of Stockport. Officers were called to Northumberland Road at 8.20pm on Sunday evening amid reports of trouble.

Riot police were then called before the road was closed due to the missiles and fireworks which were thrown at officers.

Although there were no injuries reported, a special dispersal order has now been enforced for the area.

A statement from the force said: “Officers were called at around 8.20pm this evening – October 31 – following reports of around 25 youths causing anti-social behaviour on Northumberland Road, Brinnington, Stockport.

“Following the arrival of police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, several members of the group threw objects at the emergency services workers and members of the public.

“There were no injuries. Enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made.

“A dispersal notice has been put in place to prevent large groups congregating over the next 24 hours, and may be extended.”

The order gives the police the ability to disperse crowds to prevent nuisance.

The order can also be extended if issues remain in the area.

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Inspector Martin Baker, of GMP’s Stockport division, said: “We are aware of an anti-social behaviour incident involving a large group of young people in the Brinnington area of Stockport.

“While the majority of people have acted safely and responsibly this Halloween, the behaviour we have seen from this group of young people in Brinnington is totally unacceptable.

“Halloween is no excuse for anti-social behaviour.

“Launching fireworks and throwing objects at members of the public and members of the emergency services is incredibly reckless and has the potential to cause serious injury.

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“We will have increased patrols throughout the night and into tomorrow to make sure these offenders are caught and face the full force of the law.”

Local councillor Becky Crawford also condemned the scenes in the area.

She added: “I condemn the violence that was seen in central Brinnington last night.

“I am not going to go into the details of what happened as it doesn’t need glorifying, but people and property were attacked.

“Local police and officers from across GMP worked quickly to de escalate the situation and because of them no one was seriously injured.

“There is now a dispersal order in the area.

“I will not call this ASB, it is violent crime and will be treated as such.”

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