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Cop van set on fire as yobs attack officers and throw bricks in Leeds – Live News 24


A POLICE van has been set on fire and thugs have hurled bricks at cops after a street riot erupted in Leeds last night  Officers in riot gear were scrambled to the “utter chaos” at around 6pm with smoke billowing over an estate after the car was torched  A group of yobs have been chucking bricks at police from one side of a cordon, Leeds Live reports  Dramatic images show a police van on fire with riot cops armed with shields telling locals to move away from the area  It is not yet clear why the clash started and police haven’t released a statement  A reporter for Leeds Live said cops have been forced to flee after being “pelted with bricks”  Forensics chief Peter Arnold later tweeted: “My staff don’t come to work expecting their van to be torched whilst examining a crime scene and keeping the public safe  “Our #CSI is fine and was more concerned about being unable to service more victims for the rest of the shift That’s #commitment and #dedication for for you.”  A West Yorkshire Police spokesman added: “Police are attending a disturbance on Ullswater Crescent following damage to a vehicle  “No-one was injured and officers are scene to contain the situation which remains ongoing ” STRING OF ATTACKS  The riot comes after a string of high-profile attacks on police officers last month  PC Gareth Phillips, 42, was left for dead after being hit by Mubashar Hussain, 29, in the stolen vehicle in Moseley, Birmingham, on August 10  The 42-year-old West Midlands Police officer suffered head and pelvic injuries with Hussain pleading guilty to the attack  PC Andrew Harper became the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty since PC Keith Palmer, 48, was stabbed to death in the Westminster terror attack in 2017  The 28-year-old was killed after being hit by a suspected getaway vehicle while responding to a burglary in Berkshire  He was due to go on honeymoon with his new wife, Lissie, 28, who he had been married to for just four weeks  A week before the tragedy, PC Stuart Outten, 28, was stabbed in the head as he tried to stop a van in Leyton, East London but managed to Taser the suspects  While in Northern Ireland, officers were “lucky to be alive” after being lured to a bomb blast on the border  More to follow.  For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online  Thesun.co.uk is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video  Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience For iPhone click here, for Android click here.   Like us on Facebook at www.facebook com/thesun and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSun.

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