Police van attacked by teens throwing bricks, fireworks
A group of teenagers attacked a police van with fireworks and bricks in north Liverpool.
Police were called to the Anfield Sports Center on Clarendon Road on Wednesday around 6:20 p.m., following reports of teenagers throwing fireworks.
When the police arrived at the sports center, the young people started throwing fireworks at the police van before running away.
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An officer remained in the Breckside Park area in a police van to maintain a high-visibility presence.
At around 8:30 p.m., a group of young people wearing face coverings approached the van. A brick was thrown at the van causing damage to the front windshield.
Further patrols were deployed in the area and five young men were arrested and searched.
The police van has now been taken off the road for repairs and investigations into the two incidents are still ongoing.
Liverpool Community Police sergeant Carl Lynch told ECHO: ‘Fortunately no one was injured in either incident, but it was insane criminal damage.
“Officers were on patrol providing a visible and reassuring presence to community members when their vehicle was dangerously targeted with fireworks and bricks, causing extensive damage and resulting in the exit of a road vehicle.
“This type of behavior not only endangers the safety of officers, but also the safety of the public. Merseyside Police will not tolerate any form of anti-social behavior or attacks on emergency service workers in the line of duty and we are working with all partner agencies to identify and treat those involved.
“We know this is a minority of young people involved in this type of incident, but I would ask parents and guardians: do you know what your children are doing when they are out? Please talk to them to prevent this type of behavior from happening again and the risk of someone being seriously injured. “
Anyone with information on either incident is requested to contact DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 citing reference 21000678071 or 21000678309.