Lit fireworks put through Portsmouth letterboxes

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A GANG of youths who put lit fireworks through letterboxes at two homes are being hunted by police.

Both incidents happened during Halloween celebrations across the city on Monday.

In the first a tiled floor and skirting were damaged at a property in St Thomas’s Street in Old Portsmouth when fireworks were put through the letterbox between 9.50pm and 10pm.

Shortly before midnight lit fireworks were shoved through the letterbox at an address in Grand Parade, also in Old Portsmouth.

No-one was hurt in either incident.

A group of youths were seen running from the scene of the first incident.

PC Gavin Brechany of St Thomas Safer Neighbourhoods team said: ‘Fortunately on this occasion both the incidents resulted in only minor damage, however owing to the potential risk to life we are keen to identify the person or people responsible.

‘This is not a harmless prank, arson can result in loss of life, and as a result the penalties can be severe. ‘

Call PC Brechany at Portsmouth central police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.