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Officers injured as group launches fireworks attack on police van
Wednesday 8th November 2017 @ 17:59 by Nigel Skinner
Ashton Tameside

Police have launched an appeal after a large group of teenagers launched fireworks at a police van on Bonfire Night in Ashton slightly injuring the officers inside.

The attack happened at around 8.05pm on Sunday when police were called to reports of a disturbance on Burlington Street.

The officers arrived at the scene in a police van but were then surrounded by the large group of youths.

The group then began firing fireworks directly at the van, which smashed the window and left the officers with minor injuries.

Sergeant Ryan Magee, of GMP’s Tameside borough, said: “These officers were going about their job, trying to help our local community, they were lucky not to be seriously injured.

“People will have seen this group, and I’m asking for those of you who know someone who was involved, or have some information that could help find the people responsible, to get in touch.

“There will be an extensive police investigation into this incident and targeted work in the area with police partners.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 2199 of 05/11/17. This can also be done anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.