Riot police called in to tackle 'frightening and shocking' fireworks disturbance in Leeds

6 November 2019, 07:01

EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Riot police were called in and a helicopter was scrambled after large-scale Bonfire Night disturbance involving a group of youths in Leeds last night.

West Yorkshire Police say they were called to investigate reports of disorder and anti-social behaviour in the Harehills Road area of the city around 8.20pm.

Officers said groups of youths were hurling fireworks and other missiles, while also setting fire to rubbish bins.

With a police helicopter called in to assist, police vehicles were damaged and several arrests were made as the crowd dispersed

Police officers attacked with fireworks
Police officers attacked with fireworks. Picture: Radio Sangam

Local residents described their shock on social media with one describing the scene as "absolute madness."

Locals described the scene as "frightening and shocking" saying she would hear cheering and shouting from youths.

Jonathan Lawrence said he had "never been this scared in my life."

West Yorkshire Police, Chief Superintendent Damien Miller said:

“In conjunction with our partner agencies, we have prepared for all possible eventualities over the bonfire period.

“We made it clear from the outset that any instances of disorder or antisocial behaviour would not be tolerated and we were able to quickly respond.

“Those individuals that engage in such behaviour are within the minority and do not represent the wider community.

“We will continue to provide reassurance in the local area with high visibility patrols.”