Police warning over firework attack on Andy Reid

War hero Andy Reid has told how a firework was thrown at him outside his home in Rainford
War hero Andy Reid has told how a firework was thrown at him outside his home in Rainford

Police chiefs in St Helens have appealed to parents to make sure their children don’t act irresponsibly in the run-up to Bonfire Night after a lit firework was thrown at war hero Andy Reid.

A teenager turned himself in to police after Reid, who lost both his legs and an arm after stepping on a landmine, told Twitter how he was targeted as he got into his care outside his Rainford home.

St Helens Neighbourhood Superintendent Louise Harrison said: "Every year we see the lasting damage that the criminal misuse of fireworks cause and the significant impact of these injuries and so we take such offences very seriously.

"We deploy a range of tactic from prevention and education to Trojan style buses in a bid to prevent and deter such senseless behaviour.

"We would appeal to parents to ensure that your children are not participating in such a dangerous activity.

"Our message during the Hallowe’en and Bonfire night period is simple – enjoy yourselves but please do so responsibly. There are lots of organised events across the region for people to attend, including bonfire displays, and I would encourage you to take advantage of these great opportunities.”

Anyone wishing to report anti-social behaviour involving fireworks are encouraged to speak with officers in the area, or call 101. Anyone with

information who does not wish to speak with us directly can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. as possible.