Teen gangs in re­peat at­tacks on cafe

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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

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