24 ar­rested over Mis­chief Night

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MERSEY­SIDE Po­lice have con­firmed that they ar­rested 24 peo­ple dur­ing “Mis­chief Night”.

Of­fi­cers pa­trolling com­mu­ni­ties through­out the force area made the ar­rests for a va­ri­ety of low-level of­fences, and seized dozens of fire­works.

The po­lice also said that they ex­pe­ri­enced a 20% in­crease in calls on Oc­to­ber 30, com­pared with last year.

The force re­ported an in­crease of al­most 400 be­tween 2pm and mid­night, many of which were about crim­i­nal dam­age and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

The rise in calls from the pub­lic ap­pears to be in line with a gen­eral in­crease in calls to 101 and 999 that Mersey­side po­lice have seen in the last six months.

Dur­ing the evening, there was a re­duc­tion of nearly a third in re­ports of crim­i­nal dam­age to bus win­dows with a to­tal re­ported.

The com­man­der for the polic­ing op­er­a­tion, Ch Insp Chris Hitchell said: “This time of year is al­ways busy for us.

“We know that anti-so­cial be­hav­iour is of con­cern to peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly those who are el­derly or vul­ner­a­ble, and I want to re­it­er­ate my mes­sage that we will take ro­bust ac­tion against those found com­mit­ting anti-so­cial or crim­i­nal be­hav­iour.

“I want to make it clear that it is not ac­cept­able to throw ob­jects at peo­ple, ve­hi­cles or homes, com­mit crim­i­nal dam­age or abuse or in­tim­i­date peo­ple.”

Mersey­side Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice also re­ported a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in de­lib­er­ately set fires, with crews at­tend­ing 45 in­ci­dents in com­par­i­son to 64 last year.

Ch Insp Hitchell added: “It is also il­le­gal of 19 in­ci­dents for those un­der the age of 18 to buy, carry, or use fire­works and un­der the Ex­plo­sives Act of 1875 it is il­le­gal to let off or throw a fire­work in a pub­lic place.

“Any­one in­volved in crim­i­nal be­hav­iour could be ar­rested and re­ceive a fine, a crim­i­nal record or even jail time.

“If your child is un­der 16 then you will be li­able for pay- ment of any fine.

“A mas­sive amount of ef­fort and plan­ning has gone into the op­er­a­tion and I would like to re­as­sure the com­mu­nity that we will con­tinue to have in­creased high-vis­i­bil­ity pa­trols over the Hal­lowe’en and Bon­fire Night pe­riod.”

Any­one who would like to re­port in­ci­dents of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour or crim­i­nal dam­age can call po­lice on 101.

Cars were van­dalised in parts of the re­gion, above, an and, in­set, po­lice at the scene of one in­ci­dent

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