Investigation launched after group set off fireworks and set car alight at Sunderland nature reserve

A police investigation has been launched after a group set off fireworks and set a car alight in Sunderland
-Credit: (Image: Silksworth Labour)


A police investigation has been launched after a group of people set off fireworks and set a car alight at a Sunderland nature reserve.

Police received a report of anti-social behaviour happening in the Tunstall Hills area of the city on Saturday night. It was reported that fireworks were being set off during the disturbance and that a car had been burnt out.

Northumbria Police has since launched an investigation and a clean-up operation has already taken place. Members of the public who may have any information are being urged to contact the force.

Inspector Ash Hopper, of Northumbria Police, said: "We are aware of reports of anti-social behaviour committed in the Tunstall Hills area of Sunderland on Saturday night (June 1). It was reported that a large group were setting off fireworks and engaging in disorder, with a vehicle also having been set alight.

"We understand and recognise the impact that the anti-social behaviour of a minority has on our wider communities. We will not tolerate this type of behaviour and a full investigation – with the support from our partners – has been launched.

A police investigation has been launched after a group set off fireworks and set a car alight in Sunderland
A police investigation has been launched after a group set off fireworks and set a car alight in Sunderland -Credit:Silksworth Labour

"Neighbourhood officers will continue to carry out targeted patrols in the area to tackle pockets of disorder, and anyone found to be involved can expect to be dealt with swiftly and appropriately. We would continue to ask members of the public to contact us with any information or concerns about anti-social behaviour via the Report page of our website or by calling 101.”

Alongside residents and volunteers, Labour councillor Philip Tye took part in a clean-up of the area a day after the incident. Posting on social media on June 2, Silksworth Labour said: "First thing this morning Cllr Tye went to have a look and found a large mess and burnt out car within the old quarry area.

A police investigation has been launched after a group set off fireworks and set a car alight in Sunderland
A police investigation has been launched after a group set off fireworks and set a car alight in Sunderland -Credit:Silksworth Labour

"This is despite all of the hard work just yesterday of Tunstall Hills Protection Group, Ranger John and Cllr Clinton to have a big clean up. So this afternoon Cllr’s Tye, Laverick, Clinton, Ranger John, Sandra, George, Rhys, Charlotte, Sue have been back up to Tunstall Hills to clear all of the and bottles and firework debris from last night. After a clean up in Silksworth Park with Friends of Silksworth Park.

A police investigation has been launched after a group set off fireworks and set a car alight in Sunderland
A police investigation has been launched after a group set off fireworks and set a car alight in Sunderland -Credit:Silksworth Labour

"Whilst we are not aware of the full details of the event last night we would remind everyone in our community to be thoughtful and respectful to everyone in the community and the impact that this has on everyone. Simply leaving the mess and debris for others to remove is not acceptable. Thank you to all volunteers who helped with the clean up in Silksworth Park and also Tunstall Hills area."

It is understood the burnt out car has since been removed from the area.