Teen gangs in repeat attacks on cafe
TEENAGERS threw fireworks at a Chapel Street coffee chain on Thursday, while petrified staff watched on inside.
The incident capped a week of incidents, where police were called out to Caffe Nero three times to reports of throwing objects and abusive behaviour towards staff.
The incidents took place between Monday, November 19, Thursday, November 22.
One witness, who wished to remain anonymous, was walking along Chapel Street on Thursday.
While police confirmed objects were thrown, the witness said that one of the objects was a firework, and glass may also have been thrown.
The witness said: “I saw a load of kids lingering outside Caffe Nero.
“There was a loud bang and they all ran off.
“It sounded like it could have been a gunshot at first, however I think it was a firework because there was no damage to anything. There were seven or eight of them, mostly girls with two boys, about 16 years old.
“I didn’t see any damage to the shop but there was glass all over the floor by the shop so I think they’d thrown glass.”
Merseyside police are appealing for anyone with information on the incidents to come forward.
Insp Graham Fisher added: “Staff members at the café are clearly fearful after the string of offences that have occurred over the past week.
“No one should be subject to this sort of behaviour and I want to reassure those working at the café that we’ll do all we can to identify the youths that are causing these issues.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police quoting incident number 792 of November 22.
Caffe Nero in Chapel Street has been subjected to a string of attacks