The victim of a Halloween arson and firework attack has told of her terrifying ordeal which saw ‘25 youths’ vandalise her home.
A number of residents in Brinnington, Stockport, reported seeing large-scale anti-social behaviour on Sunday, October 31, at around 8:20pm.
Greater Manchester Police has since confirmed that the ‘25 youths’ also attacked emergency service workers, hurling ‘objects’ at cops and firefighters on Northumberland Road.
The woman, who wishes to stay anonymous, has spoken to the Manchester Evening News of her ‘scary experience’ — which saw her fence and bins stolen and set on fire.
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“They’ve taken my fence, and thrown fireworks at my home — to the point where we’ve had to move the cars from the house,” the woman said.
“The experience was quite scary to be honest.
“I was literally on the phone and thought ‘what’s that noise in my garden’?
“It was someone taking my bins, so I walked outside and asked if they wouldn’t mind bringing them back.
“Obviously you get hurled a bit of abuse, and they threw a firework towards my window so you could see the sparks from that.
“They set a fire in the middle of the road.”
The woman added that she ‘definitely’ felt more unsafe in her own home.
Police have placed a 24-hour dispersal order on Brinnington Park, which could be extended, and allows police and police community support officers the power to disperse crowds and prevent nuisance.
Another man, who also asked to stay anonymous, said that he has had a similar experience to the woman’s, with his wheelie bin being stolen and set alight when he first moved in six years ago.
He added that anti-social behaviour was an issue in the area, but described Brinnington as a place with ‘brilliant neighbours and people’.
In the aftermath of the attack, which GMP bosses called ‘totally unacceptable’, extra measures were put in place to curb the yobs.
“Officers were called at around 8.20pm this evening – October 31 – following reports of around 25 youths causing anti-social behaviour on Northumberland Road, Brinnington, Stockport,” a spokesperson said last night.
“Following the arrival of police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, several members of the group threw objects at the emergency services workers and members of the public.
“There were no injuries. Enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made.
“A dispersal notice has been put in place to prevent large groups congregating over the next 24 hours, and may be extended.”