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Gangs of anti-social yobs took to the streets of Greater Manchester on Halloween to wreak havoc.
Fireworks were thrown at houses and firefighters; eggs were thrown at windows; and buckets of sweets were stolen.
A fire service watch manager was left with a nasty burn after being targeted by thugs.
Police and fire crews were called to a number of incidents involving thug teenagers across the region on Thursday night (October 31).
There was reportedly a large group of ‘hooded youths’ on mopeds seen ‘carrying tools’ near the Longford Park area in Stretford, Trafford.
A resident said they were ‘deliberately scaring’ kids out trick or treating.
In a tweet, officers from GMP’s Stretford division said: “There was a large number of off road bikes causing havoc all over Greater Manchester this evening.
“Neighbourhood officers from Stretford and Urmston worked together and managed to safely seize three bikes.
“Checks revealed two to be stolen. One male was arrested.”
Teenagers were reportedly seen throwing eggs at the house windows in Stretford.
The same thing happened around the Park Road area of Sale, and in the Wardle area of Littleborough.
A Wardle resident posted on Faceook: “I just came home from work and my front door is full of eggs.
“So are the people of Wardle that desperate for a chocolate and sweet, that if you don’t give them they damage your property shame on you.
“I thought that I lived in a lovely place.”
A large group of youths were spotted ‘throwing eggs at peoples windows’ in Edgeley in Stockport and a ‘group of girls’ were seen doing the same thing near Peel Hall Park in Wythenshawe.
A group of youths were caught throwing eggs in the Bromley Cross area of Bolton before being stopped by police.
While dealing with the group on Darwen Road, officers stopped a child with 25 snap bags of cannabis, GMP Bolton North reported.
Groups of kids throwing fireworks was also a massive problem.
Youths were reportedly spotted throwing fireworks at cars on Stockport Road, Heaton Moor Road and Reddish Road in Stockport.
One Withington resident said she had called the police due to a ‘group of kids’ throwing fireworks on Old Moat Lane.
She said: “My son asked to come back from trick or treating because of this, it’s getting out of hand.”
As firefighters were tackling a bonfire at Crumpsall Park at around 8.45pm last night, a watch manager was hit by a firework aimed at the crew.
As Paul Marston and a colleague approached the blaze, a group of roughly 15 youths dressed in black began to aim lighted fireworks in their direction.
WM Marston was hit by one of them – leaving him with burnt hair and skin.
Speaking the morning after the attack, he said in his 27 years of working for the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, this is the first time he’s been injured in an attack.
He added: “I’m Manchester born and bred and work hard to help protect my community – it’s my job, I’m proud to serve, but I must confess last night’s incident has shaken me.
“As we approached the bonfire I saw a group of youngsters and my intention was to go over and speak to them about fire safety. But as soon as we saw fireworks being lit we got a sense of what was about to happen.
“When I was hit, the pain wasn’t the thing I remember most clearly but the impact followed by the horrible smell of burning hair.
“It lodged inside my helmet and, as we were retreating from the scene, I struggled to get it off.
“I’m very grateful to my colleagues on White Watch and the staff at the hospital for their medical treatment.
“I’ll be honest, in the hours that followed I felt furious.
“But I soon calmed down and have actually stayed on shift all night – it’s my responsibility to be at work, protecting my local community.
“But the next time I’m called to an incident like a bonfire or other small fire in a public space I expect last night will be on my mind.”
Jim Wallace, chief fire officer for GMFRS, said this is ‘the last thing’ the service need at such a busy time of the year.
A number of residents also expressed their shock at group of youths taking ‘full buckets’ of sweets from outside their houses.
In Radcliffe, one resident said: “Three lads were banging on my door.
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“I assumed they were children but they were teenagers.
“I had a bucket outside for the trick or treaters and they have stolen the bucket and run.
“They threw the bucket on the street and legged it, now the children have nothing.”
A Hazelhurst resident said a ‘couple of kids’ cleared out the whole bowls of sweets that she had left outside her house, before any of children had the chance to have some.
GMP have been contacted for a comment about the anti-social behaviour.