‘Disgraceful’ men who aimed fireworks at people in Sheffield arrested

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A police officer suffered a serious head injury Bonfire Night as he attempted to stop men setting fireworks off in a Sheffield street.

Almost 50 officers were sent to the Mount Pleasant Park and the Abbeydale corridor on Thursday November 5 following reports of disorder.

Between 30 and 40 men were setting fireworks off and aiming them at members of the public, and then police officers.

Five of the men were arrested.

The injured officer was taken to hospital and is said to now be in a stable condition.

No members of the public are thought to have been injured, but damage was caused to a number of local businesses.

Posting on the Sheffield South West LPT Facebook page, a South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We once again witnessed disgraceful scenes of disorder in and around Mount Pleasant Park and the Abbeydale corridor last night.

“We had significant resources deployed into the area, at one point nearly 50 police officers. We were faced with a group of between 30 and 40 males intent on causing disorder and firing fireworks at police and members of the public alike.

“I can confirm that we detained five individuals last night for a variety of offences related to the trouble. We will now fully review all the CCTV evidence and seek to prosecute those involved.

“It is not a simple matter to safely deal with large groups setting off fireworks at the police. They run off and regroup and we simply did not have the resources to detain them on the night and not put officers at risk of serious injury.

“We are, however, determined to do whatever we can to bring those involved to justice. I would like to thank the public for their messages of support.

“Can I also encourage anyone with any evidence to get in touch. Can you identify those involved? Do you have video footage on your phone? Please get in touch. We cant resolve these issues without your help. Video footage of the events would be particularly useful.”

If you have any information, call the police on 101