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Video: Leeds fire crews in attacks by yobs

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  • by Laura Bowyer
 

A boy launched a firework at firefighters who were trying to rescue him after he pretended to be stuck on scaffolding.

And youngsters as young as eight have verbally abused front line crews during emergency call-outs in Leeds.

These are just some of the shocking incidents that have seen dozens of attacks on firefighters at the hands of yobs.

And some parts of Leeds have been named as a no-go zone for single crews following the malicious attacks.

Officials have warned that one attack is one too many on firefighters in the line of duty.

Assistant chief officer Dave Walton said: “Whilst every attack on a firefighter is one too many, we continue to work with partners and communities to highlight the issues presented to us by such attacks and the overall trend is downward.

“It is disgraceful that anyone could consider carrying out such an attack on a firefighter in the course of them doing their duty.

“We will always pursue offenders in search of a conviction where evidence exists.”

The YEP can today reveal that 48 attacks on firecrews in Leeds were reported to West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue over three years.

The shocking catalogue of attacks on the city’s firefighters include:

* A fire prevention officer being forced to cut short a safety check in Cookridge after they spotted a large kitchen knife on the table;

* A resident threatening firefighters with a brick after a garden fire in Cardigan Lane, in the heart of the city’s student land, started to burn out of control;

* Bottles and stones were thrown by youths at crews in Beeston

* And a man picked up a meat-cleaver to demonstrate how he would attack his step-daughter

‘Silent Witness’ CCTV cameras have been installed in fire engines in a bid to catch culprits.

And firefighters are being urged to report any incidents to the police in a bid to ensure that their colleagues stay safe.

Dave Williams of West Yorkshire Fire Brigade Union warned that attacks on Gipton crews are steadily increasing - despite introducing a young firefighter’s scheme.

He warned: “They are even recorded in places such as Cookridge where you don’t expect that kind of behaviour.

“There are just no real patterns at all to it.

“It’s a crime to impede a fire officer to carry out their duty.

“We ask members to make sure that they remain safe and look out for each other.

“Both the Brigade and the Union are determined that these incidents are reported.”

 

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