Children as young as 12 arrested for throwing fireworks at police on Bonfire Night

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Children as young as 12 have been arrested for throwing fireworks at police on Bonfire Night as officers release shocking video footage of the chaotic scenes.

Men and boys after between 12 and 23 have been arrested at after officers were called to multiple incidents of youths throwing fireworks at cars and houses on Saturday, November 5.

Officers from West Yorkshire Police say when they arrived at the scene in Halifax, West Yorkshire, they were targeted and had fireworks thrown at them.

All 18 of the males have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

The force has released bodycam and helicopter footage which shows fireworks being set off and exploding near officers on the ground.

The inquest of 17-year-old Qais Muhammad Ratyal, who died from falling through a greenhouse on Bonfire Night, was due to open today.

He is believed to have been among a group of youths who were running from police officers who arrived at the scene following reports of fireworks being thrown.

Detective chief inspector Samantha Lindsay said: “Some of the behaviour witnessed in the Park Ward area of Halifax on Sunday was totally unacceptable and undermines the hard work, which was undertaken by a host of agencies, which led to otherwise peaceful celebrations across the district.

“Initial enquiries suggest most of those involved in the disorder are members of our community and not from other areas of the county.

“We were clear in our run up to Bonfire night that we would fully investigate any anti-social behaviour by those who seek to risk the safety of the wider community.

“The test purchase operation last week, was a key step in ensuring local businesses and retailers were abiding by the law and regulations around the sale of fireworks.

“A full investigation has now commenced by a dedicated team of detectives to identify those involved in the disorder in the Park Ward area, so we can take appropriate action.

“I would ask anyone who can assist our efforts to come forward.

“This type of behaviour is not going to be tolerated on our streets, we work alongside partners to help our communities feel safe and we need our communities to support our investigation to bring those responsible to justice.”