Greater Manchester Police has charged two teenage boys after two police vehicles were damaged.
The 16-year-old and 14-year-old from Ancoats – who cannot be named for legal reasons – have been charged with two counts of criminal damage to police vehicles.
Both boys have been bailed with conditions to appear before Manchester and Salford Youth Court on Monday 30 November 2020.
At around 02:25 hours on Monday 26 October 2020, a British Transport Police car was out on patrol driving down Great Ancoats Street in Manchester when two teenagers threw objects at the vehicle which caused damage to the rear lights.
About 15 minutes later, a different police van was responding to an incident.
As the van drove down Great Ancoats Street, two teenagers threw objects at it which caused damage to the van and cracked the windscreen.
The news comes as seven other GMP vehicles were damaged as police shut down an illegal rave in Wigan.
Greater Manchester Police said that around 300 people had gathered and dozens more were turned away at a farm on the border with Glazebury.
Officers were called at about 20:45 hours by the owner of the farm, who had returned to the 320-acre site to find loud music being played.
Two people were arrested.
GMP’s Covid-19 enforcement unit joined forces with Cheshire Police, British Transport Police (BTP), the National Police Air Service (NPAS) and Network Rail to block access to the site for more than nine hours on both sides of the border between Wigan borough and Warrington.
Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts said:
“This event was unacceptable and a blatant disregard of not only restrictions for Covid-19 and the safety of others, but also the safety of those present as we saw serious examples over the summer period of the dangers posed by attending such events.”
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