A fire engine has had its windscreen smashed by a gang of idiots who hurled bricks and rocks at the appliance after it responded to a 999 call.
The fire engine had to be taken out of active service following the damage, with an estimated repair bill of around £600.
The despicable incident happened at around 00:01 hours on the 21st June in Tag Lane, Ingol.
The Preston fire crew had just finished dealing with a 999 call when they were ambushed by a gang of mindless thugs who threw various ‘missiles’ at the firefighters.
Lancashire Police confirmed to the Lancashire Post that its officers had also come under attack from louts when their vehicles were in the same area.
A spokesperson for Preston Fire Station tweeted to say:
“Last night one of Preston fire engines was damaged through deliberate missile throwing from a group of people while we were returning from an incident.
“This meant one less fire engine in the area and reduced fire cover for a period.
“The consequences could have been much worse. Thankfully no one physically injured.
“Preston police also attacked.”
A fire service spokesman added:
“Fire crews were called to respond to an incident in Ingol last night, and the fire engine was attacked while returning from that incident.
“The incident happened at around midnight on Tag Lane, Ingol, Preston.
“The fire engine window screen has been broken and will cost approximately £600 to repair.
“There is a reserve fire engine now being used at the station whilst it is being fixed.
“There were no firefighters reporting injuries as a result of the incident.”
Lancashire Police confirmed that a number of police calls had also been targeted in the attack.
A spokesman for the force said:
“We received several calls to the Ingol area around midnight with missiles thrown at police cars.
“The fire service later attended the same area, and a fire engine was damaged.”
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