‘Idiotic’ youths throw fireworks at cars in Brierfield

Police are investigating after a group of youths were seen throwing fireworks into the path of vehicles travelling in Brierfield this evening.
Police are investigating after a group of youths were seen throwing fireworks into the path of vehicles travelling in Brierfield this evening.

Police are investigating the actions of a group of “idiotic” youths who were seen throwing fireworks into the road and passing vehicles in Brierfield earlier this evening.

Sgt Shaun Pearson, of Nelson, Brierfield and Barrowford Police, said reports had come in at around 6 pm of fireworks being thrown into the road and at passing vehicles on Colne Road by a group of eight youths near to the library.

The Neighbourhood Officers' smashed up vehicle.

The Neighbourhood Officers' smashed up vehicle.

“This is obviously idiotic and very dangerous,” said Sgt Pearson.

“Patrols were deployed to the area including some additional Neighbourhood Officers who parked a plain vehicle on the Tunstill Square car park and spent time in the area on foot.

“When they returned to their car the back window had been smashed.

“To say I am annoyed is an understatement and this evening’s events will be thoroughly investigated.”

The law states that people under the age of 18 are not allowed to buy fireworks, nor possess them in a public place. This was increased from 16 in 1997.

It is also illegal to set off fireworks, including sparklers, in the street or public place.