Outrage after firefighters are attacked and pelted with rubble in Sunderland

By Flaminia Luck

A crew of firefighters were attacked while responding to a call out in Sunderland.

The crew from Marley Park Community Fire Station responded to reports of a wheelie bin fire in the Carley Hill area at around 8:30pm on Tuesday.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service say the crew were pelted with objects believed to be large stones and bits of rubble while trying to locate the fire on foot.

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Thankfully, the crew were able to return to their vehicle and no one was seriously injured but there has been damage to the vehicle.

Northumbria Police have been contacted and additional patrols have been agreed to find those responsible.

Police will also be reviewing CCTV footage from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service appliance and firefighter body cameras.

Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I’ve said it before and I will say it again, our firefighters do not deserve violence and abuse.

“They work tirelessly to keep our community safe and should be respected.

“Unfortunately these are becoming more frequent occurrences and this must stop! We are working closely with Northumbria Police to identify those responsible.”

Chief Inspector Phil Baker, of Northumbria Police, said: “This type of anti-social behaviour, committed by an overwhelming minority, is mindless and totally unacceptable.

“An investigation has been launched into this incident as we look to identify those responsible. We will continue to work closely with all our emergency service personnel in order to tackle this type of criminality.

“We would ask anybody who knows the identity of those involved, or who has information about the incident, to contact us via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20210907-1062.”

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