Fire­fight­ers at blaze pelted with mis­siles

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Fire­fight­ers had stones and bricks thrown at them while they tack­led a blaze.

The crew from Rain­ton Bridge Fire Sta­tion had the mis­siles thrown down on them from a bridge while they re­sponded to a blaze last night at about 7.45pm.

The Tyne & Wear Fire and Ser­vice said a group of five youths were stand­ing on the bridge above throw­ing the ob­jects.

It comes just a week af­ter 15 young peo­ple at­tacked crews from Rain­ton Bridge in an ear­lier in­ci­dent.

Also last night, at 8.20pm a crew from Byker were sim­i­larly at­tacked when they re­sponded to a fire at Evi­s­tones Gar­dens in New­cas­tle.

A spokesman for the Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said: “For­tu­nately none of these at­tacks caused in­juries or dam­age. But we’d re­ally like to call out to the com­mu­ni­ties within these ar­eas.

“Firstly if you have chil­dren, please talk to them about re­spect­ing our fire­fight­ers. Ask them where they are go­ing at night. If you do wit­ness this type of ap­palling in­ci­dent, please help us by re­port­ing it to Northum­bria Po­lice.

“At­tack­ing our fire­fight­ers is un­ac­cept­able and will not be tol­er­ated. We will work with the po­lice to iden­tify any per­pe­tra­tors and pur­sue a suc­cess­ful prose­cu­tion. This isn’t kids mess­ing about, this is kids po­ten­tially in­jur­ing our fire­fight­ers – or worse.”

A spokesman for Northum­bria Po­lice said: “It is not ac­cept­able that any­one should be at­tacked at work par­tic­u­larly when those in­di­vid­u­als are try­ing to save peo­ple’s life.

“Fire­fight­ers are there to keep us safe and they put them­selves at risk ev­ery day to pro­tect the peo­ple they serve.

“This isn’t the first time we have had to ad­dress this is­sue and we need to get the mes­sage out there that those re­spon­si­ble are com­mit­ting a crim­i­nal of­fence that their ac­tions could end up putting lives at risk.

“Any in­ci­dents where emer­gency ser­vices have been at­tacked will be fully in­ves­ti­gated by our of­fi­cers and we would en­cour­age any­one who has in­for­ma­tion about peo­ple re­spon­si­ble should call us on 101.”

A crew from Rain­ton Bridge Fire Sta­tion had the mis­siles thrown down on them from a bridge.

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