Tinsley turns into ‘war zone’ as teenagers cause firework chaos on Sheffield Bonfire Night

A shocking video captured yobs with fireworks causing fear in a Sheffield community, with one child describing it as being like a ‘war zone’.

Friday, 6th November 2020, 10:29 am

The Bonfire Night footage was captured in Tinsley, where fireworks were set off in the middle of streets and thrown by youths.

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A police van deployed to the scene was filmed arriving while fireworks were being set off all around the vehicle.

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Firefighters were set off in the middle of a road and thrown by yobs in Tinsley, Sheffield

A woman who captured the incident on her mobile phone said it was a ‘scary’ experience.

A young child could be heard on the footage describing the scenes as being like a ‘war zone’ and fearing that people may have been killed.

Tinsley was one of a number of Sheffield suburbs where yobs caused mayhem, with wheelie bins set alight and fireworks thrown at people and cars.

South Yorkshire Police officers and vehicles came under attack as they patrolled the streets and dealt with incidents.

Scores of extra police officers were on duty, with Bonfire Night traditionally one of the busiest of the year.

Steve Kent, chairman of the South Yorkshire branch of the Police Federation, which represents police officers, said: “Yet again I am beginning to hear about officers being put in difficult situations by a minority of utterly irresponsible and despicable people.

“I am sure the vast majority of the public as well as our officers are sick to death with it happening year on year.

“The force has to put a lot of valuable resources into policing these issues and I know how first hand even with these resources how officers are pulled from pillar to post whilst dealing with it.

“What I therefore won’t accept is the notion that officers aren’t doing enough, they are doing their very best. It needs legislation to be looked at to curb the ease of obtaining fireworks and also people to think and take responsibility for children and young people within their families over the bonfire period, who, lets face, it should not be out in public at the moment in any case.”

Anyone with information about those involved should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

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