POLICE are appealing after a frightening incident in Ellesmere Port where youths threw a firework underneath a travelling car before one of them threatened the driver at knifepoint and vandalised his car.

The crime happened in the Bunbury Green area of Ellesmere Port and police are seeking information and footage from members of the public.

At around 9pm on Tuesday, October 15, a group of teenage boys threw a firework underneath a Honda Civic as the car was travelling along Thornton Road, near to Arundel Court.

The driver, a 27-year-old man, stopped the vehicle and got out of it.

He was then confronted by a male, who pulled out a knife and threatened the driver.

The offender then kicked the car, climbed on the bonnet and smashed the windscreen by repeatedly stamping on it, before running away.

He is described as white and over 6ft tall. Estimated to be in his mid-teens, he had dark curly hair and was wearing dark clothing.

Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and officers are urging anyone who was in the area and saw anything that may aid their investigation to get in touch.

They also want to speak to anyone who believes they may know the identity of the offender, or have CCTV or dashcam footage of him.

Sergeant Kevin Green, of Ellesmere Port Local Policing Unit (LPU), said: “This was a frightening incident that has understandably left the driver of the car shaken up.

“It has also left the car with a smashed windscreen and damaged bodywork.

“I would like to reassure the community that we are determined to establish who was responsible and make them face the consequences of their actions.

“Enquiries are ongoing and I urge anyone who was in the area and witnessed anything that may be relevant to our investigation to come forward.

“The same goes for anyone who believes they may have CCTV or dashcam footage that could aid our investigation or know the identity of the male who damaged the car and threatened the driver.”

Chief Inspector Alex McMillan, also of Ellesmere Port LPU, added: “This was the latest in a number of incidents of disorder and criminal damage in the Bunbury Green area in recent weeks.

“We have increased the police presence in the area and are working hard alongside the community and partner agencies to tackle the problem.

“I urge members of the public not to take matters into their own hands and to call Cheshire Constabulary on 101 to report incidents, or 999 in an emergency.

“We are grateful for the information we have received so far and I ask members of the Bunbury Green community to keep talking to my officers and reporting incidents to the police.”

Anyone with information or CCTV footage regarding the incident should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 540062, give the details via www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Dashcam footage can be submitted online at cheshireconstabulary.egressforms.com.

  • Ellesmere Port's local police team confirmed on social media there would be a 'dispersal notice' between 6.30-10.30pm tonight (Wednesday, October 16) in Bunbury Green and the surrounding area "due to further recent incidents".