CUSTOMERS were trapped in shops as yobs threw fireworks at stores in Tilehurst, yesterday (October 31).

Thames Valley Police received around 160 calls related to fireworks between 3pm yesterday (October 31) and 3am this morning (November 1).

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The majority of these related to fireworks being used inappropriately by young people, including throwing fireworks at police officers, members of the public, vehicles and buildings.

Calls were received from across the force area but Reading, Aylesbury Vale and High Wycombe saw a larger number of these sorts of incidents.

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard List said: "Behaviour such as this is totally unacceptable, irresponsible and dangerous.

"The time that officers spend dealing with these incidents is completely avoidable and would be far better spent elsewhere.

"It seems that last night, throwing fireworks and setting them off inappropriately was seen by many as 'a bit of fun.'

"Let me be clear, this is not entertaining, this is criminal behaviour that we take incredibly seriously.

"If you are caught doing this, you can expect to face criminal proceedings.

"Fireworks can cause serious, lasting damage to people and property.

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"As we approach Bonfire Night, I want to remind the public that it is illegal for a person under 18 to possess an adult firework in a public place. This excludes sparklers, caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throw downs.

"If you have fireworks in your home, please ensure that these cannot be accessed by your children and in any case, remind them of the serious consequences that these items can have when used inappropriately."