Youths aim fireworks at cars and set fire to wheelie bins

Merseyside Police has detained eight people following incidents of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage in Toxteth on Saturday 5 November.

At around 8pm, reports came in of youths on Croxteth Road/Princes Gate East, close to the roundabout by Princes Park. The youths were reportedly throwing lit fireworks towards cars, setting fire to wheeie bins, and causing obstructions in the road.

Officers attended and a total of eight people were detained, three of whom have been taken into custody and a further five taken home. Damage was caused to police cars and a bus, and an officer sustained a slight injury.

Enquiries will continue to be carried out and patrols remain in the area and observing CCTV to monitor the situation.

Chief Inspector Duncan Swan, commander for this year’s Bonfire Night operation, said, “This reckless behaviour caused a great deal of distress to road users in the area, and resulted in damage to bins and vehicles, and an injury to one of our officers.

“Officers searched the area and located a total of eight people suspected of being involved. Three of these are now in custody for questioning, and a further five returned home.

“I’d urge anyone who was driving in the area and captured anything on dashcams to let us know, and I want to reassure those affected that we have dealt with the incidents and will remain in the area to provide visible presence and reassurance for the community.

“Such dangerous behaviour can cause danger and risk injuries, and we’ll investigate thoroughly to ensure all of those we can identify and brought to account.”

Anyone with information is asked to come forward to @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers anonymously with reference 222000814057 and police will continue to take positive action.

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