Probe into al­leged at­tack on fire­fighter by park yob

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AFIREFIGHTER was al­legedly at­tacked while re­spond­ing to an in­ci­dent near a Sefton park blighted by anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports the of­fi­cer was hit with a branch while crews were re­spond­ing to a fire near Nether­ton’s Killen Green.

A 14-year-old boy has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of as­sault in con­nec­tion with the probe.

Last week it was re­vealed how both Mersey­side Po­lice and Sefton Coun­cil had iden­ti­fied van­dals in Killen Green as a cause for con­cern af­ter a spate of “se­vere” anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

One of the most sig­nif­i­cant is­sues has been thugs set­ting fires in the park, which is just off Fleet­wood’s Lane.

Sev­eral trees in Killen Green bear the scorch marks from the blazes, while the sur­face of the skate park has been dam­aged by one of the wheelie bin fires that have also be­come an is­sue in the area.

Last month, fire­fight­ers were re­spond­ing to one of those bin fires in Pat­ten’s Close – which leads into Killen Green – when a crew mem­ber was al­legedly as­saulted with a branch mea­sur­ing around two foot.

While he was not in­jured, the in­ci­dent led to po­lice be­ing called and a high-vis­i­bil­ity pres­ence main­tained go­ing about their du­ties will be dealt with in a ro­bust man­ner.

“Fire­fight­ers are there to serve the pub­lic and keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe and shame­ful be­hav­iour like this only makes this more dif­fi­cult to achieve. The con­se­quences could be se­ri­ous – if they or their ve­hi­cles have been at­tacked fire­fight­ers may not be able to at­tend a real emer­gency.”

As well as the fires be­ing set in­side Killen Gren, 13 trees have been axed down.

Sefton Coun­cil has ex­pressed its dis­ap­point­ment at the van­dal­ism in Killen Green, while Mersey­side Po­lice has vowed to work with part­ner agen­cies and tar­get re­sources in a bid to halt trou­ble­mak­ers.

Any­one with de­tails is asked to call po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

AN­DREW TEEBAY

A vandalised tree in Killen Green Park while the blaze was tack­led.

The as­sault al­le­ga­tion was high­lighted in Sefton Coun­cil doc­u­ments made pub­lic ahead of an area com­mit­tee meet­ing sched­uled for Septem­ber.

Those doc­u­ments added that a sus­pect had been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of as­sault.

The re­port, which said Killen Green had been dis­cussed in a “com­mu­nity in­ter­ven­tion” meet­ing, said: “Sev­eral is­sues where high­lighted mainly around se­vere anti-so­cial be­hav­iour that has been tak­ing place in Killen Green Park and across the area as a whole.

“One known nom­i­nal has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion to the van­dal­ism of the Em­manuel Bap­tist Church CCTV cam­eras and also in con­nec­tion with the as­sault of a mem­ber of staff from Mersey­side Fire and Res­cue.”

The sus­pect is a 14-year-old boy who was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of as­sault and crim­i­nal dam­age.

A Mersey­side Fire and Res­cue spokesper­son to­day said: “At­tacks on fire crews are com­pletely un­ac­cept­able and will not be tol­er­ated. Peo­ple who at­tack fire­fight­ers

Fire-dam­aged trees and the skate park in Killen Green park

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