Police in many locations face violence and anti-social acts on Bonfire Night

<span>Photograph: Dan Barker/PA</span>
Photograph: Dan Barker/PA

Police across the UK had a busy Bonfire Night dealing with violence and antisocial behaviour, with disorder in Edinburgh branded “disgraceful”.

Police Scotland said specialist officers had been deployed to the Niddrie area of the Scottish capital on Saturday night, with a molotov cocktail thrown at a police vehicle.

Footage shared online showed a motorbike gang racing through the streets, with fireworks being launched across the ground.

Edinburgh city council leader Cammy Day described the scenes as “disgraceful and disgusting”, saying those responsible would “feel the full force of the law”.

There was chaos in the Hyde Park area of Leeds as yobs pelted riot police with fireworks and missiles.

Three people were arrested when police were called to the Alexandra Road area shortly before 7.30pm on Saturday night after a fire was started in the street and several fireworks were set off.

Also in West Yorkshire, four youths were arrested in the Bradford Moor area after a police vehicle and fire service were attacked.

In Liverpool, police appealed for witnesses after two men were shot close to a Bonfire Night party.

Police and paramedics were called in Broad Hey, Litherland, at 11.20pm. The men both suffered serious leg injuries after being targeted outside a house, Merseyside police said.

DI Andy Dykes said: “This was a horrendous incident which we think was witnessed by multiple people attending a bonfire nearby.”

In Greater Manchester, firefighters attended more than 200 incidents. In Eccles, Salford, a firework was thrown at firefighters who were trying to extinguish an unsupervised bonfire. Fireworks were also aimed at crews responding to an incident in Crumpsall Park, Manchester.

Fire crews also attended an incident where a firework had reportedly been put through the letterbox of a home in Salford.

In Halifax, West Yorkshire, a 17-year-old boy died after being found hurt near to where a group of youths had been seen throwing fireworks.

West Yorkshire police said: “Police were contacted by the ambulance service shortly before 8:15pm yesterday evening (Saturday, 5 November) following reports of an injured male in the garden of a property on Vickerman Street, Halifax.

“The 17-year-old male was taken to hospital where, sadly, he died of his injuries.

“A scene is currently on in the area as officers establish the full facts of what has happened.

“The matter has been reported to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC), as police were called to the vicinity due to a report of fireworks being set off prior to the incident.”