06 November 2019 18:31
A teenage boy was knifed in the back, another was slashed with a machete and police officers were attacked with rockets as Guy Fawkes night descended into anarchy across the UK. Riot police armed with shields were bombarded with fireworks in Leeds while officers in a patrol van came under fire from more than a dozen rockets in Sheffield. Police in Lancashire also had a brick thrown through their window, leaving two PCSOs with cuts and minor injuries caused by flying glass. Horrified families raced to save a 17-year-old boy who was stabbed with a kitchen knife in St Helens, Merseyside last night. Another teenager, also 17, needed stitches after he was slashed in the head with a machete by three boys at a fireworks display in East End Park, Leeds.
And at an Asda carpark in Harpurhey, Manchester, yobs launched fireworks at each other and passing shoppers who described the scene as a 'warzone'. In Wales, a horse which bolted in terror after two rocket fireworks were set off over its field was left fighting for its life and with injuries 'like those in a horror film' when it became impaled on a fence. This comes amid a petition calling on the government to ban the sales of fireworks to the general public after a number of pets 'died of fright' over the weekend. Leeds: Chaos descended on to Wild West Britain during Guy Fawkes night. Pictured, police under attack from yobs throwing fireworks at them and their car Leeds: West Yorkshire Police riot officers come under attack from yobs who throw fireworks at their patrol car as a mass riot broke out Police in Lancashire also had a brick thrown through their window One mother, who gave her name as Nikki, was on her way to a fireworks display in Sherdley Park, St Helens with her partner and two children, aged two and four, when the family stumbled onto the bloodbath. He's asking me if 'the naughty boys with the knife know where we live'. 'He told me he's trying to be brave but said he wished he'd given 'the naughty boy a punch'.' Nikki said concerned Bonfire Night revellers helped the boy as he lay bleeding in the street, and she was so overcome with fear and shock she vomited. Charlie Wales was allegedly attacked by three youths wielding a machete Sh said she saw a teenage boy with a knife 'as long as your forearm,' adding: 'It was definitely a kitchen knife, but it was there to cause harm, it was huge.' Merseyside Police confirmed one person has been arrested and taken into custody on suspicion of a section 18 assault. In Leeds, 17-year-old Charlie Wales was allegedly attacked by three youths wielding a machete at a bonfire event. He suffered a deep gash just above his left ear, which needed 17 stitches and will need surgery on his hand. Charlie's father posted horrifying images of his injuries on Facebook, writing: 'My 17-year-old son went to the bonfire at East End Park last night and was attacked by three boys with a machete. I have names of two of them that I have passed on to the police. These animals need putting away - it could be your kid next time. 'My son is not a gang member or a drug dealer - he doesn't even drink. He is lucky he still has his ear on and I'm lucky I'm not mourning my son this morning.' A total of 15 males, aged 11 to 23, have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder following the incidents in the Harehills Road area of Leeds last night and remain in custody, police confirmed today. Four officers received injuries after police were targeted with fireworks and other missiles. By 7.30pm, gangs had set fire to a wheelie bin in Harehills Road and when officers were deployed to the scene they came under attack from fireworks. Passing motorists were also targeted. And across the country youths shot fireworks at policemen and firefighters as well as innocent passersby. One shopper told the Manchester Evening News: 'I felt like I was in a warzone. Everyone was fleeing for their lives whilst trying to shop. A group of 20 were shooting fireworks at each other, including rockets.' Firefighters were also attacked in Manchester. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the attacks were 'completely unacceptable'. Two PCSOs were left with cuts and minor injuries caused by flying glass after a brick was thrown through their window Leeds: Police under attack from yobs throwing fireworks at them and their car Leeds: Riot police were sent out in Leeds as residents fled from yobs throwing fireworks Leeds: Police struggle to control yobs causing fireworks havoc Leeds: People had to run for cover in Leeds as yobs pelted fireworks at shoppers Reports of fireworks being thrown at emergency service staff were also reported in Leeds and North Wales. A North Wales Police spokesman said: 'We have received reports that youths in Wrexham are throwing fireworks at our colleagues from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service. 'Please do not endanger lives with such mindless acts. Our officers will deal robustly with anyone seen acting in this way.' Meanwhile, a horse is lucky to be alive after it impaled itself on a fence when it was frightened by fireworks. The horse, named Harry, was found on Saturday impaled by a fence post in Holywell, north Wales, after he tried to escape his enclosure when he was spooked by the sound of nearby pyrotechnics. RSPCA inspector Jenny Anderton said: 'The horse must have been laying there all night and it took us until 1pm to get him out, get him up and get him on a wagon for the vets to attempt surgery on his very serious wounds, caused by impaling himself on the hedge and fencing. Sheffield: Gangs of yobs launched more than a dozen fireworks at a police van in the street Sheffield: A woman posted video of her ponies whinnying in terror as a deafening display of fireworks goes off nearby Holywell, North Wales: RSPCA inspector Jenny Anderton said: 'The horse must have been laying there all night and it took us until 1pm to get him out' Holywell, North Wales: Harry the horse was found impaled on a fence post after trying to escape his enclosure because he was scared of the fireworks Holywell, North Wales: Lily Roberts, the owner of the stables where Harry was kept, said she had 'never seen anything like' it 'We of course don't know for definite, but it seems pretty likely that Harry was frightened by nearby fireworks that were set off.' The horse was eventually freed by his owner and a vet with the help of two RSPCA officers. Lily Roberts, the owner of the stables where Harry was kept, said she had 'never seen anything like' it. Heartbroken pet owners are now urging the government to ban the sale of fireworks to the general public after a puppy and a one-year-old rabbit 'died of fright' following displays over the weekend. The one-year-old rabbit was fit and healthy before the display but passed away just 12 hours later. And Susan Paterson, from Wombwell, South Yorkshire, shared heartbreaking photos of her 18-week-old terrier Molly, who 'died of fright' after suffering a heart attack as local fireworks went off. Ms Pilgrim and Ms Paterson have joined more than 167,939 other people across the UK who have signed a petition calling on the government to ban the sales of fireworks to the general public. 'Kids, you better get inside!': Moment family fireworks night turns to terror as rocket hits father in the NECK while others explode and launch at random A father was struck on the neck by a wayward rocket during a moment of chaos at a family fireworks display. Video shows a pack of fireworks - including a Roman candle, wheel, mines, aerial shot tubes, rockets, multi-shots, and fountains - going off in a family's garden in Shenley, Hertfordshire. Father-of-two Neil Sjollema, 39, can be seen backing away before the display goes off with a bang and one rocket flies directly at the building site manager as he turns round to watch, striking the right side of his neck. Kids, I think you better get in! Where are the kids?!' Mr Sjollema bought the 16 pack of Wow Fireworks earlier in the day from supermarket Aldi. Father-of-two Neil Sjollema, 39, can be seen backing away before the display goes off with a bang and one rocket flies directly at the building site manager Millbrook, Cornwall: Donna Pilgrim shared a distressing video of her pet rabbit Archie shaking in his cage as fireworks exploded nearby