Police in Haringey turned up to deal with reports of anti-social behaviour from people in masks – but ended up having fireworks thrown at them by the perpetrators.
The incident occurred on Vartry Road in N15 just after 9pm on Monday. One youth was detained and later released.
Similar incidents also took place in Enfield, where up to 50 young people were firing fireworks into vehicles and local businesses.
While disrupting the group, police also became targets for firework throwing. And in Camden, three young men were arrested and bailed after yet another incident of this nature.
“In the last week officers across London have responded to a number of incidents where fireworks have been used in an anti-social and dangerous manner. It is totally unacceptable to aim fireworks at any person,” said Commander Julian Bennett, lead for the Autumn Nights Campaign.
“It is an offence to throw or let-off a firework in any street or public place. It is also illegal to possess fireworks in a public place if you’re under 18. Anyone caught committing firework related offences will be arrested and taken into police custody.
“All 32 London boroughs have a local plan in place, drawing together experience and successful tactics from previous years as well as managing planned events in their areas, focusing our resources in the right places and working closely and continually with our partners and communities.
“Test purchasing operations regarding the sale of fireworks, alcohol and over the counter weapons will also be taking place. Any proprietors found in breach of licensing laws will be dealt with robustly.
“I would like to stress that our operations are not aimed at demonising young people, the large majority of whom behave safely and responsibly. However those intent on committing crime and anti-social behaviour will face the consequences.”
You must be over 18 to buy fireworks and it is an offence to throw or let-off a firework in a street or public place.