Girl, 13, arrested after police in Liverpool attacked as ‘hundreds’ gather
A 13-year-old schoolgirl has been arrested for hitting a police officer after ‘hundreds’ of youths gathered at the Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool. Cops rushed to Gower Street in the Royal Albert Dock – site of art galleries, cafes, and bars, at around 6.40pm on Tuesday, July 19 – the hottest day of the year. They were responding to reports a fight broke out between a large group of children.
Once dozens of police cars arrived at the scene officers found ‘hundreds’ of children in the area involved in antisocial behaviour. A 15-year-old boy was rushed to hospital with a cut to his arm and police officers worked to move kids away from the area, the Liverpool Echo reports. READ MORE: Student given just 12 months to live after routine eye test led to devastating diagnosis
While moving kids away from the docks, a 13-year-old girl reportedly attacked a police officer and was arrested. Merseyside Police have now confirmed a dispersal zone is in place around the Albert Dock and officers will remain in the area to provide a visible presence and deal with any further incidents. The order comes under Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour & Policing Act 2014, which gives police officers and police community support traffic officers powers to direct people they suspect are causing or likely to cause crime, nuisance or anti-social behaviour to members of the public to leave a designated area and not return for up to 48 hours. CCTV images were obtained and will be reviewed and any offences dealt with.
The incident sparked a big emergency response (Image: Liverpool Echo)
One woman, who said she was visiting Liverpool, said she was the fight break out from her hotel.
She said: “I saw all these kids fighting, the police turned up and apparently one of their own was hurt. After that it was like every police officer from the city turned up. They’re separating them and pushing them away now.”
Another eyewitness added “something needed to be done” about kids congregating at the docks and added “it’s worse than last year”. Anyone with information is urged to contact officers via @MerPolCC or call 101 with log 920 of Tuesday 19 July, where your information will be treated sensitively. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or pass information via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.