A yob set a police car on fire after smashing the rear window and letting off a firework in the vehicle.
Officers had parked up on Lindsay Avenue, on Parson Cross, Sheffield as they responded to a report that a lit firework had been put through the letterbox of a man’s home.
The incident occurred around 11.51pm while the officers were at the resident’s address
The police vehicle was left badly damaged by the firework and the subsequent fire.
The suspect is described as male, around 5ft 7ins tall, with a chubby build and was wearing a dark coloured top with a large hood covering his face and dark coloured bottoms.
He is thought to have made off in the direction of Deerlands Avenue.
Inspector Richard Burgess said: “This incident was totally unacceptable and we will be doing everything in our power to identify those responsible.
“At the time the car was set alight, officers were at the home of a local man who had a lit firework put through his letterbox on nearby Drummond Road.
“Fortunately, the man was not injured but his property was damaged.
“Incidents like this can clearly lead to fire and serious injury and for someone to deliberately damage a police vehicle while officers are investigating is cowardly and disgusting.
“I’m sure the majority of local people will be appalled by what took place and I would ask them to come forward with any information that may help us to identify those responsible for either incident.”
“Anyone with information is asked to contact police via: 101 quoting incident 1452 from the 5 November.
“Information can also be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or left anonymously through Crimestoppers on: 0800 555 111.”