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Mischief Night in Formby was used as a purge night for Formby youths


Mischief Night in Formby was even worse than originally thought as more acts of criminal damage come to light.

On Lonsdale Road, youths actually turned a car over onto its side in the middle of the road and also another vehicle had its windows smashed in on the same road.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: "Merseyside Police is appealing for information after a parked car was turned onto its side in Formby on Monday, 30 October."

"A report was received at about 10.35pm that a group of youths had turned the blue Vauxhall Corsa on its side at around 10.20pm."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting crime reference number 0517277197 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Merseyside Police also confirmed that officers attended reports of youths gathering, arson and criminal damage to a car in Formby on Monday 30th October, also known as Mischief Night in the Northwest. A spokesman from Merseyside Police said: "At around 5.30pm, a call was received about a group of youths on bikes in Duke Street. Patrols attended and found no trace of any youths. Further calls were received around 6.30pm of youths throwing unknown items towards vehicles, and possibly setting off firecrackers."


"A later report was also received of damage being caused to the wing mirror of a Hyundai Ioniq car. The incident was not witnessed but is under investigation."


"At 8.55pm, Merseyside Fire and Rescue service attended the report of a white transit van on fire in Dukes Way. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances."


"At around 11.05pm, a further call was received of damage being caused to the front windows of an outer pane of glass at a house on Dukes Way. The window was not smashed and reassurance was given to the occupant of the house."


We have had numerous reports of fireworks being thrown at cars and youths on the roundabout firing fireworks and throwing stones at cars by Formby Train Station. Dozens of houses being egged. Traffic cones being thrown at cars on Church Road and other roads in the area.

A group of Formby Children of school age were seen to be throwing bangers around the village on Mischief night. They threw one down the entry of Cafe D’Art causing the staff at the estate agents to come out. Bangers and firecrackers were also thrown into Formby Library.

Mischief Night - This was an incident on Brows Lane in Formby when a shop window was damaged


Local Policing Inspector Andy Dentith said: “We will not tolerate incidents of arson, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour in Formby or anywhere in Sefton at any time of year and we will have a large number of officers in the area tonight and over the Bonfire Night period to support the local community. I want to make it clear that is not acceptable to commit criminal damage or abuse or intimidate people, and we reinforce this message through local schools and organisations. "The support of parents and guardians is vital at this time of year. They can minimise the risk by not letting children hang around the streets with nowhere to go and know who they are with and what they are doing, especially in the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night. "By taking some simple steps it could prevent that knock on their door from a police officer informing them that their child has been arrested or, worse still, has been involved in a serious accident."


Station Manager Paul Kay, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Arson Reduction and Incident Investigation lead said:


“I would ask people to consider the whereabouts and activity of their children and for those that did this to think about the very serious consequences of their actions. We will continue to serve our community. Help us help you, please show respect to firefighters.” Anyone with information on anti-social behaviour is asked to call 101 or speak to local officers. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously and for free on 0800 555 111 or via their online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online.

Mischief Night - This was the incident on Dukes Way, just off Duke Street when youths set a van on fire


For information on activities happening over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period in Merseyside, visit: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/autumn-fun-2017

Have a devilishly scary Halloween everyone 🎃

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