Of­fi­cer in­jured in stones at­tack dur­ing 999 call

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS -

GWENT A po­lice of­fi­cer has been in­jured after a stone was thrown dur­ing an emer­gency call out. Of­fi­cers from Gwent Po­lice and fire crews from South Wales Fire and Res­cue were re­spond­ing to in­ci­dents around Rhym­ney and Phillip­stown, where a fire en­gine was also dam­aged. It is be­lieved that as emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived on the scene of these in­ci­dents, youths from the ar­eas threw de­bris and stones at po­lice of­fi­cers and fire crews. The in­ci­dents, which hap­pened on Fri­day and Satur­day in­volved ar­son, crim­i­nal dam­age and hate crime. An in­creased po­lice pres­ence will re­main in place in the area and now, In­spec­tor Andy O’keefe of Gwent Po­lice has is­sued a warn­ing to those in­volved. He said: “Dur­ing our re­sponse, de­bris and stones were hurled at both Gwent of­fi­cers and the South Wales Fire Ser­vice Crew – by who we be­lieve were youths from the area. This sort of be­hav­iour il­lus­trates com­plete dis­re­spect to the peo­ple who work around the clock, of­ten putting their own lives at risk, to keep us safe in our com­mu­ni­ties. This is dis­ap­point­ing to say the least. These sorts of in­ci­dents can in­tim­i­date our most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of our com­mu­ni­ties and it is our job to re­spond to these in­ci­dents. Some of the of­fences in­cluded, ar­son, shout­ing ra­cial abuse and crim­i­nal dam­age.”

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