Fire­fight­ers at­tacked on blaze call out

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY KAREN ROCK­ETT

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.”

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