THREE men have been jailed after a Halloween night of disorder in Pill - where fireworks were launched at police cars.

Avtar Hussain, Sharoze Ali and Umar Pervez took part in a night of "fear" while young children were out in the streets trick or treating.

A court heard there were tensions in the community when a firework exploded against the side of a police car.

Officers then chased Hussain, 23, Ali, 21, and Pervez, 18 - believing they were responsible.

David Purnell, prosecuting, said: "Tensions were rising in that community throughout the day."

Cardiff Crown Court heard police received a number of calls about fireworks being thrown in the Pill area of Newport, on October 31 last year.

Mr Purnell added: "Another firework was thrown in the direction of the police vehicle and exploded against the side of the van."

The court heard six officers got out and ran after the individuals they believed to be responsible.

One police officer chased Pervez, who responded in an "angry" and "aggressive" way.

Ali put up "a struggle" and "was swinging out with his arms, trying to hit out at the officer," the court heard.

Another officer chased Hussain, who was shouting and swearing.

Mr Purnell said: "[Hussain] ran at the officer shouting: 'Come on then you c***.'"

The court heard he ran at the officer and "bounced off" him before running away to a property trying "frantically" to get inside.

All three denied affray but pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

Pervez said he had been working as a labourer all day and was not responsible for throwing fireworks.

Ali said he had just been smoking in the park and Hussain said he was "just chilling".

The court heard there was no evidence any of the defendants had been involved in throwing fireworks.

Hussain, a sales assistant, of Newport, was jailed for 10 weeks.

Ali, of Newport, who was working for a radiator company, was jailed for 14 weeks.

Pervez, of no fixed address, was jailed for 14 weeks.

Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke said: "Throughout that day there were rising tensions within that community.

"Those who saw this behaviour would have been in fear of a high level of unlawful violence."