Police and firefighters came under attack tonight from a gang of 25 yobs who hurled fireworks and set wheelie bins on fire.
Patrols have been stepped up in the Brinnington area of Stockport as a result.
Police in riot gear were called in and a road was closed as fireworks and other missiles were thrown in a stand-off.
GMP bosses called the Halloween disorder ‘totally unacceptable’ – and vowed to ‘make sure these offenders are caught and face the full force of the law’.
A special dispersal order has now been put in place to combat troublemakers over the next 24 hours, which could be extended.
The order gives police and police community support officers the power to disperse crowds and prevent nuisance.
According to reports on social media, fireworks were also thrown into residents’ gardens and at passing cars, with one member of the public said to have suffered a panic attack.
There were also reports of wheelie bins being stolen and set alight in the street.
There were no reported injuries.
Trouble flared around Northumberland Road from 8.30pm.
In a statement, GMP said: “Officers were called at around 8.20pm this evening – October 31 – following reports of around 25 youths causing anti-social behaviour on Northumberland Road, Brinnington, Stockport.
“Following the arrival of police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, several members of the group threw objects at the emergency services workers and members of the public.
“There were no injuries. Enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made.
“A dispersal notice has been put in place to prevent large groups congregating over the next 24 hours, and may be extended.”
Northumberland Road was closed to Brinnington Road during the incident.
Inspector Martin Baker, of GMP’s Stockport division, said: “We are aware of an anti-social behaviour incident involving a large group of young people in the Brinnington area of Stockport.
“While the majority of people have acted safely and responsibly this Halloween, the behaviour we have seen from this group of young people in Brinnington is totally unacceptable.
“Halloween is no excuse for anti-social behaviour.
“Launching fireworks and throwing objects at members of the public and members of the emergency services is incredibly reckless and has the potential to cause serious injury.
“We will have increased patrols throughout the night and into tomorrow to make sure these offenders are caught and face the full force of the law.”