Firefighters attacked on blaze call out
FRANTIC firefighters tackling a blaze were attacked by yobs who threw wood and stood on hoses to stop the water.
Youngsters also opened the rear doors of fire engines to try to grab life-saving equipment.
It happened as crews were putting out a rubbish blaze in Middlesbrough.
They also tried to start another fire nearby, Cleveland Fire Brigade said.
It follows a string of incidents, one involving up to 40 youths, prompting Cleveland crews to wear body cameras.
Davey Howe, of the Fire Brigades Union, said: “A lot of the attacks are opportunistic by young people and it’s as if it’s almost like a game. They need to realise it stops us doing our job properly.”