An­gry fa­ther’s at­tack on crew

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AN ‘ir­ra­tional’ dad at­tacked fire­fight­ers with stones in ‘re­venge’ for their de­lay re­spond­ing to a wheelie bin blaze near his flat, a court heard.

Watch man­ager Philip Marke de­scribed Vin­cent Bradley’s be­hav­iour as ‘the most shock­ing’ he had ex­pe­ri­enced in his 18 year ca­reer at the hear­ing at Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates Court.

The court heard fire­fight­ers were called to Water­side Mill on Knight Street, Mac­cles­field, to re­ports of a small bin fire. But crews were given the wrong ad­dress 200m away and were de­layed.

When they ar­rived watch man­ager Philip Marke was ap­proached ‘ag­gres­sively’ by dad-ofthree Vin­cent Bradley who be­gan swear­ing and shout­ing claim­ing his chil­dren ‘could have died’ be­cause of the de­lay, mag­is­trates were told.

Unemployed Bradley, 27, was dragged away by other res­i­dents af­ter he be­gan shov­ing the smoul­der­ing wheelie bin to­wards the crews.

Pros­e­cu­tor Kate Marchuk said: “The crew went and sat back in­side their fire en­gine. They started to hear the sound of mis­siles hit­ting the ve­hi­cle. It caused dam­age to the roof and door.”

The in­ci­dent hap­pened at 10am on Sun­day, July 26. Bradley, of Water­side Mill, Knight Street, ini­tially de­nied two charges of crim­i­nal dam­age but changed his pleas half way through a trial at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates court on Oc­to­ber 30. He had pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted a charge of us­ing threat­en­ing words or be­hav­iour.

Three wit­nesses saw Bradley throw­ing the stones ‘in a crafty man­ner’ from be­hind a wall, in­clud­ing his neigh­bour Dar­ryl Brace­gir­dle whose own car was dam­aged.

He told the hear­ing: “His be­hav­iour was out­ra­geous. No one was in dan­ger. There was no need to be so an­gry.”

An­other wit­ness Robert Gil­bert said res­i­dents shouted at Bradley to stop throw­ing stones, adding: “He could have en­dan­gered the safety of res­i­dents and the fire­fight­ers.”

Ju­lian Far­ley, de­fend­ing Bradley, said: “The bin fire was be­low his flat and smoke was go­ing into the flat. He was very con­cerned about the de­lay of the fire ser­vice. He apol­o­gises un­re­servedly to fire of­fi­cer Marke.”

Pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer Mike Ish­er­wood said: “He was ir­ra­tional at the time. He sought re­venge by throw­ing stones.”

Mag­is­trates gave Bradley a com­mu­nity or­der to com­plete 120 hours un­paid work and he must pay £475 com­pen­sa­tion to the fire ser­vice and Mr Brace­gir­dle.

Speak­ing af­ter the trial, sta­tion man­ager Stephen McCormick said: “This kind of be­hav­iour, whether it be ver­bal or crim­i­nal dam­age, is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able and will not be tol­er­ated by Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

“It is be­yond be­lief that some­one could at­tack fire­fight­ers and ver­bally abuse them while they are sim­ply do­ing their job. His ac­tions could have se­ri­ously in­jured a fire­fighter on board or put the fire en­gine off the run pre­vent­ing it from re­spond­ing to an emer­gency.”

‘This kind of be­hav­iour will not be tol­er­ated’

●● Bradley threw ‘mis­siles’ at the fire ve­hi­cle

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