Teenager arrested after throwing a firework into a shop in Patchway which injured toddler

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By matt_2009 | Tuesday, November 06, 2012, 16:34

A teenager has been arrested by officers investigating an incident in which a toddler was injured by a firework thrown into a Patchway shop.

The young girl was in the shop with her parents at about 5.30pm on Wednesday October 31 when someone threw a firework into the store on The Parade. Although the girl's father tried to stamp out the 'banger'-type firework the girl and her mother received burns to their legs and feet.

A 16-year-old boy from Patchway was arrested on Monday November 5 on suspicion of assault and a racially aggravated public order offence. He was later released on police bail with conditions not to go to The Parade, pending a charging decision from the Crown Prosecution Service.

Neighbourhood Inspector Bob Evely said: "After this reckless incident a PCSO remained in the store to reassure both staff and shoppers. We continue to work closely with shopkeepers, Patchway Town Council, South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) youth groups and other partners to tackle those few people responsible for anti-social behaviour at The Parade, making full use of the CCTV installed by the town council.

"We and the South Gloucestershire Anti-Social Behaviour Team have seen a reduction in incidents after six people signed Acceptable Behaviour Contracts. We'll take positive action against anyone causing problems at The Parade – we recently charged a 16-year-old boy with a public order offence after a woman shop worker was abused.

"With the support of the community we are making sure Patchway is a safe place to live and work, with overall crime falling and violent crime down by ten per cent compared with last year."

Anyone with any concerns about anti-social behaviour can contact their local neighbourhood team by calling 101 or through www.avonandsomerset.police.uk. Alternatively get in touch with SGC's Anti-Social Behaviour Team on 01454 868582 or by e-mailing asbreporting@southglos.gov.uk


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