Halton yobs hurled rocks from a bridge smashing police vehicle windscreen (From Runcorn and Widnes World)
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Halton yobs in mischief night mayhem
YOUTHS hurling eggs and daubing paint on vehicles were confronted by police across Halton last night.
A high visibility operation to tackle ‘mischief night’ was conducted by the police and partner agency staff across Runcorn and Widnes.
Officers narrowly avoided being seriously injured after a gang hurled rocks from a bridge onto the windscreen of a police vehicle driving underneath.
Insp Dave Gordon from Halton Partnerships said: "This time of year can be a great time for families and we want them to safely enjoy the festive period of halloween and bonfire. However, throwing things at moving vehicles will be taken very seriously as it places lives at risk.
“I′d like to appeal to the public for any information about the identity of those involved and would also ask that parents ensure they know where their children are and what they are doing during the evenings.
“Children identified as being engaged in anti-social behaviour can expect to be contacted via their parents as part of our follow on investigations."
A number of groups of youths were spoken to throughout the evening and moved on from hotspot locations.
CCTV was used to capture the identities of those misbehaving and officers confiscated eggs, fireworks and other items that could be used to commit damage. A number of children were returned home to parents.
Special Constables assisted local neighbourhood officers to patrol residential areas, supported by mobile units.
Halton youth services ran a number of events to entertain younger members of the community.
Halton Council staff cleared away debris in the road and removed eggs and paint thrown at vehicles or house windows. Throughout the evening, members of the public commented on how much they appreciated the efforts to make the area safer.
Although the strategy to proactively engage with groups and reassure the public was very successful, there were a small number of incidents of stone and firework throwing and a small number of vehicles were damaged.
In one incident, officers narrowly avoided serious injury when youths dropped rocks from a bridge through the windscreen of a police vehicle driving underneath.
Cheshire Police and partner agencies will continue to patrol the area and provide reassurance over the next week.
If the public should have any information on the incident of 30th October, you can ring 101 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.