Cumbria Police have arrested ten men on suspicion of violent disorder and criminal damage following a policing incident in Dowbeck Road area of Carlisle.
Emergency services attempted to deal with a fore that was reported in the area.
At 5.35pm on Tuesday 5th November 2013 cumbria police were called to an incident whereby youths were building a bonfire around the youth centre in Dowbeck road with the intention of setting it on fire.
Police attended the incident with partner agencies including the fire service, the bonfire was dismantled.
Fireworks were then thrown at police and fire service along with stones.
Damage was then caused to one police vehicle door, Police are not aware of anyone being injured nor any other property being damaged.
Other police patrols attended to provide assistance until such time as it was felt the fire service and police could resume. Unfortunately some time later the fire, which hadn’t been fully dismantled, was lit and caused damage to the youth shelter.
Police today (Wednesday 6th November 2013) arrested ten local men in relation to this incident. Their ages range from 16–25 years old.
Superintendent Sean Robinson said: “We are very disappointed that a small minority of people saw fit to attack the police and fire service in this way, when they were simply acting to ensure the safety of local people and property. Thankfully no one was hurt and the damage appears to have been limited to one police vehicle and the youth shelter. The unauthorised setting of fires is clearly very dangerous, especially in the vicinity of homes or businesses. That is why the emergency services will continue to dismantle and disrupt unauthorised bonfires. We urge the public to be responsible.
“In relation to the incident on Dowbeck Road last night, I would like to appeal to anyone who witnessed what happened or has any information about those involved to come give us a call with information on 101 or call Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. We will be stepping up patrols in the area over the next few nights in order to ensure there is no recurrence & to re-assure the public.”