Fire crew am­bushed by firework yobs

Accrington Observer - - BONFIRE EVENTS -

A FIRE crew was am­bushed by around 40 firework-throw­ing youths as they tack­led an in­ci­dent on Bon­fire Night.

Great Har­wood firefighters were called to in­ves­ti­gate a large bon­fire on Sta­tion Road in the town on the evening of Mon­day, Novem­ber 5.

Of­fi­cers said that they ‘came un­der at­tack’ from a group of around 40 young peo­ple ‘fir­ing rock­ets di­rectly at firefighters and our fire en­gine’.

Coun No­or­dad Aziz has urged those re­spon­si­ble to apol­o­gise to the firefighters.

He said: “I stand com­pletely with the firefighters and the Fire Ser­vice. This is sim­ply not ac­cept­able and should not be tol­er­ated.

“We, the Great Har­wood com­mu­nity, are far bet­ter than this.

“I hope those that were in­volved and their fam­i­lies will go to the fire sta­tion and apol­o­gise for their ac­tions as these are the peo­ple who at­tend fires for the safety of all. I am ap­palled that any­one would find this type of ac­tion as ac­cept­able.”

Lan­cashire Po­lice said the at­tack hap­pened at around 9.15pm and no ar­rests have been made.

A spokesper­son said: “We got a call at 7.30pm about a fire on Sta­tion Road on some pub­lic ground.

“Res­i­dents had built a large fire at the end of Sta­tion Road and the fire ser­vice were con­tacted to see what was go­ing on with it.

“At 9.15pm there was a re­port about fire­works be­ing thrown at of­fi­cers.”

Great Har­wood fire sta­tion posted on Face­book: “Tonight the crew at­tended a fire on Sta­tion Road, Great Har­wood.

“Un­for­tu­nately the crew came un­der at­tack from a group of around 40 young peo­ple fir­ing rock­ets di­rectly at firefighters and our fire en­gine. Please be re­spect­ful of the firefighters and all emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel out to keep you safe.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion call po­lice on 101 quot­ing log num­ber 1301 of Novem­ber 5.

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