Police watchdog probes fireworks tragedy

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A seventeen year old male tragically died on Bonfire Night after injuring himself in the garden of a property in Vickerman Street, Halifax,

He was rushed to hospital but died as a result of the injuries he had sustained.

Following the young man’s death, West Yorkshire Police confirmed it had referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). The IOPC is the statutory regulator with oversight of the police complaints system in England and Wales.

This comes after reports of residents living in the area describing fireworks being launched at police in what they say were ‘horrendous scenes’, ‘like World War III’ and ‘carnage’, yesterday evening.

Locals say the teenager tragically died from his injuries after jumping over a fence and falling into a greenhouse. It is understood that the fatal injuries came from cutting himself on the glass and severing an artery as the structure collapsed around him.

Riot police from the West Yorkshire force were in the street at the time.

Page last updated Sunday 6th November, 2022 at 2235hrs

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