Police car set alight by youths in Liverpool

A police car was set alight by youths in Liverpool.

The car was parked on Hursley Road, Fazakerley, when it was set on fire just before 19:00 GMT on Tuesday.

Fire crews were called and the flames were put out, before the car was taken away for forensic examination. No-one was injured in the incident.

Police said fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour had been reported than on 30 October last year - one of the force's busiest nights of the year.

'Busy night'

The night before Halloween is known locally as "mischief night".

Police said they made 39 arrests across Merseyside on Tuesday night compared to 49 in 2011.

Supt Rowley Moore said: "Fortunately no-one was injured as a result of this blaze and a joint Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service investigation is ongoing to establish the cause of the fire.

"I would like to reassure the public that incidents of this kind are rare and we would encourage anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

"This was a busy night for the emergency services but we have seen a reduction in reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage when compared to last year."

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