Terrifying footage captured the moment dozens of fireworks and rockets were launched towards crowds of bystanders in Thornville Street, Hyde Park. The police blockaded the streets from 9pm on Novermber 5. Jack Naylor, who shared the footage, wrote on Twitter: “A short story depicting what it’s like to live in Leeds on bonfire night.
“Fireworks need stricter regulations. This area is predominantly students but there are families with young children that live here. This is not okay.”
While one unnamed resident told Leeds Live: “I have just walked up Thornville Road in Hyde Park and there are four police vans parked opposite the BP Petrol Station.
“It seems to be in connection with the recent upsurge in the volume of the fireworks this evening.”
It comes as fireworks and cans of alcohol were found to have been sold to underage shoppers as part of a ‘test purchase’ operation to tackle anti-social behaviour in Calderdale.
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This week, 25 stores throughout Calderdale were tested as part of the initiative, which saw police cadets attempt to buy alcohol or fireworks despite being under the legal age.
Officers from Calderdale Neighbourhood Policing Teams were joined by a licencing officer, three PCSO’s and two cadets to carry out the operation.
Three shops failed, with two stores in Halifax Central selling fireworks and one store in the Lower Valley selling alcohol.
These shops are now under investigation by the Calderdale Community Safety Partnership which includes local Police, Fire service, Council and licencing officers.
“Retailers must be held accountable for types of sales and understand the impact that can be caused by anti-social behaviour.
“Minimising the risk of the sale of fireworks and alcohol to young people, will contribute to our ongoing efforts to help make our communities safer.
“Our local neighbourhood policing team takes this very seriously and will continue with our proactive approach, whilst liaising with partners, to stop any unlawful practise and to prevent any breaches to the licencing regulations.
“This weekend, we are working alongside our partners, to target any and all anti-social behaviour in the area and will be robust in our response.”