Police release footage of officers being pelted with fireworks when 18 suspects aged 12-25 were arrested over a Bonfire Night massacre that led to the 17-year-old’s death
- Police had thrown fireworks at them by youths in Halifax on Bonfire Night
- West Yorkshire police arrested 18 men after ‘totally unacceptable’ events
- Qais Muhammad Ratyal (17) died after falling through cash while fleeing
Police have released footage of chaotic Bonfire Night scenes in the minutes before a teen reportedly died while running away.
West Yorkshire Police were pelted with fireworks in Halifax between 5pm and midnight on Saturday 5 November, describing the events as ‘totally unacceptable’.
They were called out for multiple incidents after reports of youths setting off fireworks and throwing them at moving cars and homes.
During the incident, Qais Muhammad (17) ran away and fell through a greenhouse after jumping a fence. He later died of his injuries.
A total of 18 men have now been arrested in connection with the incidents in the Park Ward area of Plum Street, Hopwood Lane and Parkinson Lane.
They are between 12 and 23 years old, with 15 from the Halifax area. They have been arrested for violent disorder and have all been released on bail pending further investigation.
West Yorkshire Police have now arrested 18 people after youths, pictured, threw fireworks in Halifax on Nov. 5
Qais Muhammad (17) died on Bonfire Night after reportedly falling through a greenhouse in Halifax, West Yorkshire
Police are now further investigating the incident and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
They are particularly looking for people with camera, dashcam or video footage between 5pm and midnight on Saturday night.
Detective Chief Inspector Samantha Lindsay of Calderdale District Police said: ‘Some of the behavior observed Sunday in the Park Ward area of Halifax was totally unacceptable and undermines the hard work being undertaken by many agencies leading to otherwise peaceful celebrations. across the neighborhood.
“Initial studies suggest that most of those implicated in the disorder are members of our community and not from other parts of the province.”
The crime scene in Halifax. The teen died after allegedly climbing a fence to escape police, and crashing through the greenhouse pictured above
The area was closed for a close forensic examination while investigators determined what had happened. In the photo: police on the spot
She continued: “It was clear to us in the run-up to Bonfire night that we would fully investigate any anti-social behavior by those seeking to endanger the safety of the wider community.
“Last week’s trial purchase was an important step in ensuring that local businesses and retailers adhered to the laws and regulations surrounding the sale of fireworks.
“A full investigation has now been launched by a dedicated team of detectives to identify those involved in the Park Ward area so that we can take appropriate action. I would like to ask anyone who can help us to come forward.
“This kind of behavior is not tolerated on our streets, we work with partners to help our communities feel safe and we need our communities to support our investigation to bring those responsible to justice.”