Scotland

Warning over bonfire night attacks on fire crews

  • 3 November 2011
  • From the section Scotland

Attacks on fire crews in Strathclyde "will not be tolerated" ahead of bonfire night, it has been warned.

Fire chiefs said anyone responsible would be tracked down and would "feel the full force of the law".

The warning came after firefighters were targeted by a group of youths brandishing wooden batons and poles during a call-out in Maryhill.

A youth has been charged in connection with the incident, which took place at Cumloddin Drive on 27 October.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said no-one was injured, although the crew had projectiles thrown at them and were verbally abused.

David Goodhew, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue's assistant chief officer and operations director, said it was only a matter of time before a firefighter was seriously hurt or killed in such an incident.

He said: "We operate a zero tolerance policy on attacks on our crews and we will continue to work closely with our partners in the police to identify anyone involved in such attacks.

"With bonfire night approaching, SFR has a simple message for anyone who is thinking of using this time of year to target firefighters: If you attack our crews, the authorities will find you, you will be prosecuted and you will feel the full force of the law."

Insp Ross Allen, of Maryhill Police Office, added: "This type of criminality can put people's lives at risk, and we will ensure that no opportunity is missed to detect and apprehend any person or persons found committing such mindless acts."

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