POLICE have promised to step up patrols in an area where “feral” kids reportedly “shot fireworks at officers” over the weekend.
Officers from West Yorkshire Police were called to disorder at a house in a crime-blighted estate in Harehills, Leeds on Saturday night. The force confirmed that it was called to Darfield Avenue after receiving “a number of calls from residents reporting anti-social behaviour”.
Locals claimed that dozens of youths who were attending a house party had spilled out onto the street.
Police said the gathering was shut down by officers in an attempt to disperse the crowd, but trouble soon spread to other streets in the area.
LeedsLive said residents documented the chaos that ensued via social media.
One wrote on a community group: “It was a house party full of kids and it got shut down. Then they shot fireworks at police.”
Another wrote: “Could see some innocent people running down getting out the way. But could hear all the feral youths causing havoc.”
Writing on Facebook, Chelsea Ryan Wilson said: “And people laugh at this. Kids need to learn some damn respect.”
Others called for the sale of fireworks to be banned to stop the problem.
However many questioned how effective this would be, considering that illegal drugs are readily available despite being banned.
User Reece Cartwright wrote: “Bonfire night would be bags of fun then wouldn’t it?
“Drugs are illegal but still get sold all over, making them illegal would probably just make it worse.”
West Yorkshire Police today confirmed that fireworks were set off in the street – but it did not say whether they were launched in the direction of officers.
A spokesman for the force said: “On Saturday night, police received a number of calls from residents reporting anti-social behaviour involving a large number of youths congregating around a party at an address in Darfield Avenue, Harehills.
“Officers attended and the address was closed down.
“There were further reports of anti-social behaviour in the surrounding streets, including fireworks being set off, and officers attended to disperse those involved.
“Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team will be increasing their patrols of the area to reassure residents and deter any further incidents.”