Riot Police Attacked With Fireworks On Bonfire Night
Various videos surfaced on social media, showing a line of police using riot shields as bins were set alight and various missiles were launched at them.
Police initially attended following reports of anti-social behaviour from a group of young people, but when they arrived to the Harehills Road area of the city, the gang turned on them.
The incident took place at around 8.30pm last night, as reported by Leeds Live, with the road closed off while officers dealt with the incident.
Nobody was hurt, but it's reported that a number of police vehicles were damaged in the conflict.
According to reports, an unknown number of people have been arrested, with investigations ongoing to identify everybody involved.
Chief Superintendent of West Yorkshire Police, Damien Miller said: "In conjunction with our partner agencies, we have prepared for all possible eventualities over the bonfire period.
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"We made it clear from the outset that any instances of disorder or antisocial behaviour would not be tolerated and we were able to quickly respond.
"Those individuals that engage in such behaviour are within the minority and do not represent the wider community.
"We will continue to provide reassurance in the local area with high visibility patrols."
Locals have taken to social media to voice their concerns.
One resident said: "I can tell you it's no picnic for the residents. I've never been this scared in my life. It feels like the rioters, or the trouble makers or whatever they are, have taken over Harehills Road, and no one's here to do anything about it, the police left."
In a separate tweet, they commented: "I usually defend #Harehills, it can be a lovely place, with great amenities and really friendly people. But tonight I'm scared as this happens at the top of my street."
Another wrote: "Sad to see Bonfire night being spoiled in Harehills in Leeds. Police under fire from fireworks and other missiles"
A local youth charity said: "A small minority acting in a reckless & dangerous manner. The emergency services in particular @WestYorksPolice did a fantastic job despite the challenges. Some comments in this thread are unhelpful. Harehills is full of young people doing positive things to improve the area."
Anyone with any information is being asked to contact police on 101.
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