Northumbria Police have warned troublesome teenagers that they will be arrested after they put lives at risk in a mindless attack on firefighters.
On the evening of 29th October, firefighters responded to reports that children had started a fire on the waste ground near Woodstock Road in Scotswood.
Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service attended the scene to extinguish the fire.
But when they arrived on the scene, their fire engine came under attack by the teenagers who lit the fire.
Firefighters were attacked with bricks and stones with the teenagers also lighting new fires while the original blaze was extinguished.
Local police officers responded to the scene, and the children fled the area.
Thankfully no emergency responders were injured, but the fire engine was damaged.
Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Rana, of Northumbria Police, has today called on parents to work with police to educate young people.
“The behaviour on display last night was horrendous, and there is absolutely no place for it in our communities.
“It is not the first time we have seen firefighters attacked during their tour of duty, and it’s difficult to comprehend why anyone thinks it’s acceptable.
“Throwing stones and bricks could cause serious injury to those emergency responders, but children are also putting the wider community at risk.
“These fires are a waste of time for these emergency responders and put lives at risk by tying them up at incidents of this nature.
“We will be carrying out enquiries to identify the children responsible for this incident, but we need the help of parents.
“Due to Coronavirus legislation, children shouldn’t be socialising with friends in large groups anyway, and they certainly shouldn’t be setting fires.
“Please make sure you know where your children are because if we find them engaging in this type of behaviour then they will be arrested.”
Chief Fire Officer at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Chris Lowther, has also joined police in condemning the action of the teenagers.
He said: “Last night a crew from Newcastle Central came under attack while just simply doing their job.
“As a Service, we are here to respond when we are needed, and it is absolutely unacceptable that firefighters, who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe, are being attacked in the line of duty – they deserve respect, not violence and abuse.
“We’re seeing attacks on crews happening more often; I don’t want to go to a firefighter’s home and have to tell their family they have been injured in an attack.
“Fortunately the crew were uninjured last night, but we now have a fire appliance which will need to undergo costly repairs because of the dangerous actions of these individuals. Attacks on firefighters has to stop; it’s putting lives at risk.
“We have provided our colleagues at Northumbria Police CCTV footage of the attack and we want those responsible to be found.”
An investigation into the behaviour in Scotswood is ongoing, and anyone with information is being encouraged to contact the police.
You can contact police through the Northumbria Police website quoting log 821 28/10/20 or by calling officers on 101.
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