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Firefighters pelted with mud and stones while battling Ribbleton fire

Posted on - 14th March, 2022 - 4:01pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News, Ribbleton
Fire engine Pic: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
Pic: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

A group of people threw mud and stones at a Lancashire fire crew yesterday as they tackled a blaze in Ribbleton.

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In a tweet today (14 March), Lancashire Fire and Rescue said the firefighters were ‘attacked’ last night (Sunday 13 March) as they attended the scene in Ribbleton.

The incident occurred around 6pm on 13 March, on Grange Avenue, Ribbleton, Preston, with Lancashire Fire and Rescue responding to reports of trees on fire next to a park on the road.

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Assistant Chief Fire Officer Jon Charters said: “It is incomprehensible that anyone would try to harm those who are there to help others.

“Although attacks on firefighters in Lancashire are rare, any incident of abuse is totally unacceptable, and we will work with the police to bring those responsible to justice.

“Thankfully, there were no injuries on this occasion, and our staff remain ready to respond to emergencies and keep people safe.”

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One fire engine from Preston Fire Station arrived and located the fire, which turned out to be minor.

Around eight individuals then proceeded to throw stones and mud at the firefighters, several of whom were hit, but no injuries were sustained, and there was no damage to the fire engine or any equipment.

The crew has since passed on all the information to the police.

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue said: “Although none of the firefighters sustained injuries, this behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

It is still unclear why the individuals responsible for the attack threw the mud and stones.

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