Probe into alleged attack on firefighter by park yob
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.
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