A young thug who hurled fireworks at a man in a wheelchair before turning on a policeman has been forced to hand deliver a letter apologising for his shocking behaviour.
The vulnerable victim was attacked by a gang of youths in Ashton-under-Lyne on Tuesday evening, who pelted him with fireworks and blocked his way back home.
Fortunately, the man was able to flag down a passing policeman.
According to GMP Tameside, the officer helped him back safely, but when he later returned to his patrol car the yobs turned on him, before running off.
But one young man was not as quick as his pals, and was detained by the PC.
Police have now described how the teenager was compelled to write a grovelling letter of apology and escorted by the officer to hand deliver it in person to the victim and his carer.
He was also made to litter pick, and tidy up the mess that he and his friends had made.
The incident is just the latest in a series of firework-related anti-social behaviour that officers in Tameside have been called to deal with.
On Sunday night, a 16-year-old girl ended up in hospital after being hit by a firework that had been set off by youths in Ashton town centre.
Luckily, her injuries were not serious.
Police say a shop window was also smashed during the commotion, which happened at around 7.15pm, and terrified passers-by reportedly hid in McDonalds for safety.
GMP Tameside later shared a photo of one of the fireworks being used in the disruption.
They said it was called a ‘Fire Storm’, and can let off around 140 shots.
A statement on the team’s Facebook page said: “We are aware of a number of incidents that have occurred and been reported over the last weekend in regards to on-going anti-social behaviour regarding youths and fireworks around Ashton town centre and McDonalds.
“We are investigating these incidents and reviewing CCTV in order to identify the offenders and working with Tameside Council to identify any retailers who are selling fireworks to anyone under the age of 18.”
Anyone with information relating to the incidents should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”