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Senior police officer says Bradford ‘warzone scenes’ are part of every day life

After videos emerged showing the streets of Bradford looking like a warzone, a senior police officer told Metro.co.uk that the incidents were ‘nothing out of the ordinary’.

In one, a man is seen brazenly pouring petrol across a pelican crossing before setting it alight, leaving a wall of flames in the middle of the road.

In another, fireworks are lit in the middle of a street, sending them flying off into the direction of a pub and other nearby businesses.

While Yorkshire Police couldn’t comment on individual incidents, one police officer told Metro.co.uk there was a ‘significant’ number of calls regarding fireworks disturbances at the beginning of the week.

‘It’s just another day in paradise,’ he said.

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‘I can’t comment on the incidents that you’ve mentioned but it’s part of the same story.

‘It was super busy on Bonfire Night, we even had fireworks directed at us as we went to deal with situations but there was proper policing in place.

‘I think it was very much the same as it is every year – it’s not the family event it used to be.’

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it attended almost 400 emergency calls over the course of the evening with a ‘small number’ of attacks on crews.

METRO GRAB - taken from video by JA Statham Warzone scenes in Bradford as road is set alight and fireworks aimed at pub Facebook

Young men were filmed setting off fireworks from the middle of a road crossing

METRO GRAB - taken from video by JA Statham Warzone scenes in Bradford as road is set alight and fireworks aimed at pub Facebook

The men ran out of The Carlisle Hotel Pub in Bradford after aiming fireworks at windows

METRO GRAB - taken from video by JA Statham Warzone scenes in Bradford as road is set alight and fireworks aimed at pub Facebook

Fireworks were then shot into the sky next to local businesses and homes

The police officer told Metro.co.uk: ‘I don’t think it was any different [in Bradford] than it is in any other major city.

‘We saw a lot of anti-social behaviour using fireworks, but it’s kind of business as usual.

‘What I can say is there was no long term community issues and it’s back to normal policing now.’

He said he was not aware of any particular incidents of police vehicles getting hit by fireworks but said it has happened in previous years and ‘it’s not a secret that people do it’.

METRO GRAB - taken from video by JA Statham Warzone scenes in Bradford as road is set alight and fireworks aimed at pub Facebook

In another video, a man is seen pouring petrol into the middle of the road

METRO GRAB - taken from video by JA Statham Warzone scenes in Bradford as road is set alight and fireworks aimed at pub Facebook

Before setting it alight creating a wall of flames at a crossing

Separate videos posted on social media see police vans targeted – though it is unclear if this is in Bradford or elsewhere.

Although the videos caused shock online, the officer was keen to impress that what happened was ‘nothing out of the ordinary’.

‘As expected there was a significant amount of calls, but it was expected and we dealth with it as we usually would,’ he said.



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