‘Mis­chief Night’ yobs hurl fire­works at po­lice horses

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BRICKS and firenight.works were thrown at po­lice of­fi­cers and po­lice cars in shock­ing in­ci­dents around West Lan­cashire on Tues­day

Van­dal­ism and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour soared dur­ing “Mis­chief Night” with one bus pas­sen­ger nar­rowly avoid­ing be­ing hit in the head by a rock hurled through a bus win­dow in Tar­leton.

Mis­chief Night oc­curs the evening be­fore Hal­lowe’en and in re­cent years has gone from mi­nor van­dal­ism to more danger­ous ac­tiv­ity.

Po­lice de­ployed in­creased pa­trols, in­clud­ing the use of mounted of­fi­cers, but those on duty were sub­jected to shock­ing at­tacks from mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Fire­works were aimed at of­fi­cers and cars and even thrown at po­lice horses.

A group of teenagers throw­ing stones off the bridge on Tan­house Road in Skelmers­dale while a fire was started at nearby Dig­moor Pa­rade.

An­other fire was started in a wheely bin in St Mark’s Tar­leton and one sus­pect, de­scribed by po­lice only as a “youth”, was ar­rested for pos­ses­sion of an of­fen­sive weapon af­ter be­ing found car­ry­ing a knuckle duster.

At about 10.40pm, a rock was thrown through a bus win­dow near the Cock and Bot­tle pub in Tar­leton, show­er­ing glass over a pas­sen­ger, with the rock al­most hit­ting him.

The man got off the bus to find the cul­prit, but they had al­ready run away. The bus op­er­a­tor, Stage­coach, had ear­lier sus­pended ser­vices in Kirkby af­ter be­ing tar­geted by van­dals.

In re­sponse to the spate of in­ci­dents, Insp Adrian Jol­ley is­sued dis­per­sal or­ders in Orm­skirk and Tan­house. This gave his of­fi­cers the power to or­der any­one be­lieved to be act­ing sus­pi­ciously to leave the area and ar­rest them if they re­fused or re­turned.

Writ­ing on Face­book, lo­cal res­i­dents ex­pressed shock over the crime and disor­der and called for stronger pun­ish­ments to be is­sued.

Some re­ported eggs be­ing thrown at wind­screens and fire­works be­ing aimed at the Marks & Spencer shop in Orm­skirk.

Ear­lier in the day, Sgt Dar­ren Carr said of­fi­cers had been briefed for the night and had vis­ited known youths and par­ents to warn them against anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

Of­fi­cers were shocked af­ter seiz­ing eggs from one group in Skelmers­dale and learn­ing one youth’s mum had bought them for them.

When the disor­der had fi­nally calmed down, Sgt Carr said: “Thanks, as al­ways, to the pub­lic for their sup­port and in­for­ma­tion. I’d like to thank the mem­bers of our Spe­cial Con­stab­u­lary who have sup­ported their reg­u­lar col­leagues this evening, thanks also to the mounted unit their pres­ence is al­ways wel­come and a big thank you to the teach­ers from lo­cal schools who have given their own time to help iden­tify peo­ple.

“As a di­rect re­sult of the part­ner­ship work­ing with schools we have iden­ti­fied youths that we will be en­gag­ing in joint in­ter­ven­tions with to pre­vent fu­ture is­sues.”

Were you af­fected by the van­dal­ism? Email Ad­ver­tiser re­porter Jamie Lopez at: jamie.lopez@ reach­plc.com

Po­lice horses and of­fi­cers on duty at Burscough Bridge dur­ing Mis­chief Night

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