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Campaign as South Wales Fire and Rescue crews attacked

Firefighters have been punched, had bottles thrown at them and been confronted by gangs of youths during callouts, a fire chief has said as a campaign on the issue is launched.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said that its crews had also been kicked, had bricks thrown at them and been verbally abused during callouts.

In all the brigade had 14 incidents between 2012 and 2013.

Fire chiefs have said the problem could have consequences for victims of fires.

In one incident in October 2013, a fire crew attending a reported bonfire blaze at Penygraig in Rhondda Cynon Taf were confronted by a gang of 30 to 40 youths who blocked their path.

The firefighers were forced to retreat without dealing with the blaze after objects were thrown at their vehicle.

Caroline Evans reports for BBC Wales Today.

  • 17 Mar 2014
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