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Teen Apologises After Throwing Fireworks At Disabled Man

Teen Apologises After Throwing Fireworks At Disabled Man

A teenage boy has a written a letter of apology after throwing fireworks at a disabled man.

Dave Clayton, from Manchester, was attacked by a gang of teens while on his way home from college. Fortunately, none of the fireworks hit Dave, 24, but he was blocked off and had to alert a police officer who escorted him and his carer back home, the Manchester Evening News reports.

As the policeman left the assisted living building where Dave lives, the teenagers began hurling fireworks at him, too. The officer gave chase and managed to catch one of the youths, now the teen has written a letter of apology, in which he promised to warn his 'idiot friends' not to do anything like that again.

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Credit: Manchester Evening News

The letter read: "I deeply apologise for throwing a firework in your garden I did not mean to cause any harm.

"I was influenced by my mates to do something dangerous and it was silly of me to listen!

"This will never happen again, I promise you.

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"And I will also tell my idiot friends not to do it again.

'I am very sorry.'

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Dave said he was left unnerved by the incident, but heaped praise on the police for how they dealt with the matter. Kind-hearted Dave, also seemed to give the youngsters the benefit of the doubt, telling the paper, that although their actions were bad, he didn't think they realised he was disabled when they began throwing the fireworks.

He instead criticised the people who sold the fireworks to the and the current UK law surrounding the sale of fireworks.

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Dave told the paper: "It's ridiculous, if I was in charge I would stop the sale of fireworks to the general public and if people want to see fireworks they can go to an organised display."

Last month, thousands of people signed a petition to ban the sale of fireworks to the general public. The petition, titled 'change the laws governing the use of fireworks to include a ban on public use', currently has 107,327 signatures.

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As it's received over 100,000 signatures it will be debated in parliament early next year.

The petition was launched shortly before 56-year-old Tony Nicholls died after a firework was set off inside his home. He was rushed into hospital where he was placed in an induced coma after suffering serious burns and smoke inhalation, but tragically died on 7 November.

Featured Image Credit: Manchester Evening News

Topics: uk news, Fireworks, Manchester, Petition

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]