Fire­work yobs spark Hal­loween ter­ror on streets

Stockport Express - - History - ALEXAN­DRA RUCKI news­desk@men-news.co.uk @MENnews­desk

AHUGE group of teenagers were seen hurl­ing fire­works at peo­ple on Hal­loween evening in Stock­port.

Po­lice were called to sev­eral re­ports of groups of teenage boys aim­ing fire­works at passers-by last Tues­day night.

Of­fi­cers are now ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to come for­ward fol­low­ing the fright­en­ing in­ci­dents in Red­dish, Of­fer­ton and Heaton Moor.

A group of 20 to 30 teenagers, aged be­tween 15 and 16-years-old, were wit­nessed throw­ing lit fire­works at peo­ple in North Red­dish Park.

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice were called to the Gor­ton Road en­trance of the park at around 9.50pm.

There were no re­ports of any in­juries and the group ran away from the scene when of­fi­cers ar­rived.

GMP were also called to Lit­tle Street, at the junc­tion of Of­fer­ton Lane, af­ter a fire­work was thrown from the win­dow of a black Volk­swa­gen Golf.

The fire­work did not cause any in­juries and po­lice are ap­peal­ing for any wit­nesses to come for­ward.

Neigh­bours in Heaton Moor re­ported a gang of more than 15 teenagers, cov­er­ing their faces with ban­danas, were also seen throw­ing fire­works in the streets.

Wit­nesses said the fire­works were be­ing set off close to where young chil­dren were trick-or-treat­ing with par­ents.

The teenagers were seen on Thorn­field Road, Barnkhall Road and Thorn­field Road at around 9pm.

One wit­ness wrote on Face­book: “Heaton Moor was full of a mix of happy fam­i­lies with chil­dren trick or treat­ing and two gangs of around 10 teen boys run­ning down the road.

“It looked like a scene from a film and was quite in­tim­i­dat­ing.”

Another wit­ness posted: “Loads of ab­so­lutely stupid teenagers in huge groups let­ting off fire­works at cars and near loads of small chil­dren in Bankhall Road and Thorn­field Road.”

A spokes­woman for GMP said: “We were called to North Red­dish Park, on Gor­ton Road, at 9.50pm to re­ports youths were throw­ing fire­works at peo­ple.

“There were 20 to 30 males around 15 to 16-years-old. There were no in­juries.

“We at­tended but by that point they were mak­ing off. No fire­works were thrown at po­lice and there were no ar­rests.”

Any wit­nesses or any­one with fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can call GMP on 101, or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111. Wit­nesses to the in­ci­dent in North Red­dish Park can quote reference num­ber 2642/Oc­to­ber 31.

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