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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Warning Against Anti-social Behaviour

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have issued a warning against anti-social behaviour towards firefighters this Bonfire Night.

"This type of behaviour is not acceptable. Our crews are just doing their jobs and it is disgraceful that they are treated this way by members of the community they are trying to protect."

Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Glynn Luznyj

The warning comes following an incident yesterday involving an attack on firefighters after they attended a site in Bentilee to extinguish a deliberately set fire.

Youths started three fires deliberately in the Wellfield Road and Gilliat Walk area of Bentilee between 5.55pm and 6.50pm last night. They were verbally and physically abusive towards Hanley Targeted Response Vehicle crew and also interfered with firefighting equipment.

Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Glynn Luznyj said: "This type of behaviour is not acceptable. Our crews are just doing their jobs and it is disgraceful that they are treated this way by members of the community they are trying to protect.

"We tend to see a rise in anti-social behaviour towards fire and rescue service personnel at this time of year however we will not tolerate it. We will prosecute wherever possible and all of our appliances have CCTV fitted which will be used to provide evidence where necessary."

The incidents last night have all been reported to the police and all fires were extinguished quickly and did not spread.