Fire crews have already been attacked in the run up to Halloween after thugs caused hours of misery last year.

People were injured and thousands of pounds of damage was caused throughout the week of Halloween but police are urging that this year must be different.

On Mischief Night alone last year, firefighters and police officers were attacked multiple times with bricks, eggs and fireworks during a busy night in Merseyside, which falls the day before Halloween.

Later in the night, firefighters and police were again targeted by thugs after responding to vandalism at the construction of assisted living flats on King Street in Garston.

At that incident it was reported that a large gang of children caused more than £20,000 worth of damage to a building site that would be turned into homes for people with disabilities.

Also through the night, deliberate fires were set, car windows were smashed and a vehicle was tipped over.

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This year, police officers are urging people across the city to play their part in keeping communities safe so there isn't a repeat of last year's behaviour.

Merseyside Police told the ECHO that more officers would be on patrol during the Halloween period this year to ensure that people are enjoying themselves safely.

They will also be making sure that those who are out and about are paying attention to the ongoing covid-19 restrictions.

Chief Inspector Peter Clark, who is heading this year’s operation for Merseyside Police said: “As you know there are a number of rules and restrictions in place in relation to Covid-19 - that means that the planned displays and events we normally attend, will not be happening this year.

"We know that this is another sacrifice we are having to make, however now is a time to pull together, follow the guidance and help to stop the spread.

Merseyside Police at the scene where cars where vandalised on Mischief night in 2019

“We are keen to get the balance right between protecting people from the spread of the coronavirus and ensuring that they can still enjoy this period.

"We will maintain a common sense approach during the Halloween and Bonfire night period – and are working to encourage people to respect the restrictions and explain why they are so important.

"Where people are flouting restrictions, we will however take action."

CI Clark did however say that anyone caught behaving antisocially will face swift action.

He added: "Our message regarding anti-social behaviour during this period remains simple – it will not be tolerated and anyone caught committing this type of offence will be dealt with firmly and robustly.

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"No one should have to suffer being the victim of anti-social behaviour and I would like to reassure everyone that there will be extra high-visibility patrols during this time."

Parents are being asked to now allow their children to hang around the streets with nowhere to go.

It is also important that guardians know where their children are, who they are with and what they are doing in the run up to Halloween.

Shopkeepers are also being urged not to sell any items that can be misused to cause damage, such as eggs, flour and cans of shaving foam as well as ensuring fireworks are not sold to under 18s.

CAPTION: Mischief Night rampage 'causes more than £20,000 worth of damage' at assisted living site Firefighters and police reportedly had bricks thrown at them when they arrived at the specially adapted flats, which will house people with disabilities RIP FROM SITE: https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/mischief-night-rampage-causes-more-17175090

Joe Cunliffe, Station Manager at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “We know things won’t be the same this year and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service still wants people to enjoy this period, but now is the time to pull together, follow the guidance and help stop the spread - it’s more important than ever that we all work together to protect our communities and the most vulnerable among them.

“Deliberately started fires on the run up to bonfire night are a huge drain on already overstretched Fire Service resources.

"What may seem like a bit of harmless fun to some can have life changing consequences and puts entire communities at risk.

"If firefighters are responding to a wheelie bin fire or illegal bonfire, it prevents them from responding to another incident - we can’t be in two places at once.

Police officers were attacked alongside fire crews while trying to keep people safe on Mischief Night 2019

"Please have a conversation with your children about right and wrong.

“Already this year, fire crews have been subjected to physical and verbal attacks whilst carrying out their duty.

"This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated. All fire engines carry CCTV cameras and footage will be passed on to Merseyside Police."

To report a crime, always contact 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, you DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or @CrimestoppersUK.