Detectives appeal for information following arson in Tuebrook
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Detectives are appealing for information following arson in Tuebrook last night, Thursday 4 November.
At around 7.30pm, officers and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) were called to Grange Street to reports of fireworks being thrown by youths at a vacant property, resulting in a small fire, which was extinguished. The suspects ran off prior to officers attending.
Damage was also reported to a window and curtains of a second location. No injuries were caused and CCTV and witness enquiries are ongoing.
Detective Inspector Ben Dyer said: “To throw fireworks at people, property or vehicles is incredible reckless and could quite easily result in serious injuries or the loss of life.
“We know that at this time of year we can see increased anti-social behaviour, arson and the reckless use of fireworks and we have plans in place for this tonight and across the weekend.
“No one should have to suffer the distress of having their home damaged and I would like to reassure everyone that there will continue to be extra high-visibility patrols during this time, especially in those areas we are aware of incidents happening, such as last night.
“Ahead of Bonfire Night later today, our officers will maintain a visible presence in our communities, engaging with the public and keeping people safe.
Chief Inspector Peter Clark, leading tonight’s policing operation, added: “This will be one of the busiest periods for the emergency services, and the irresponsible use of fireworks will only add to the workload for ambulance staff, firefighters and police officers. There are some simple steps to take which will help everyone. Bring your wheelie bins in, as well as those of anyone elderly or vulnerable where you live, which is a simple way to limit the opportunities people have to recklessly set them alight, which can have devastating consequences.
“Many of the planned firework displays and events we normally attend will not be happening this year. We know how much people enjoy such events, but it is imperative that people don’t attempt to hold their own unofficial and illegal public displays.
“You can only buy fireworks for private use from registered sellers between 15 October and 10 November, in addition to Christmas and News Year. At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops.
“You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90. So don’t take the risk and go and see what events are available in your area, both around Halloween and Bonfire Night, as there is plenty happening for all ages to enjoy this year.
“I would urge those young people who may be considering behaving in an unacceptable way to think about what you are doing and how you may make other people feel. How would you feel if a member of your own family was too frightened to leave their own home or walk down the street? Under no circumstances is it ok to throw things at people or their homes, commit criminal damage or abuse or intimidate people.
“There are so many more worthwhile things to do at this time, so have a look at events and activities where you live.
“The support of parents and guardians is also vital at this time of year. Together, we can minimise the risk - don’t let children hang around the streets with nowhere to go and understand who they are with and what they are doing.”
“Doing so could prevent that knock on their door from a police officer informing them that their child has been arrested or, worse still, has been involved in a serious accident.”
“If you experience any anti-social behaviour in your area then please don’t hesitate to contact us so we can take action.”
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact us @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 21000768347.
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