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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Warning Against Anti-social Behaviour

05/04/11

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have issued a warning against anti-social behaviour in Chesterton. 

“We will not tolerate this type of behaviour. We will prosecute wherever possible and all of our appliances have CCTV fitted which will be used to provide evidence where necessary."

Station Manager Andy Kinsman

The warning comes following an incident over the weekend involving an attack on firefighters after they attended a site in Chesterton to extinguish a deliberately started fire.

Youths deliberately set fire to rubbish near to the Rosevale Business Park on Rosevale Road at approximately 7.15pm on Saturday night. They were also reportedly throwing bottles at members of staff on the business park and then targeted firefighters who arrived to put the fire out.

The Targeted Response Vehicle crew from Newcastle had bottles and stones thrown at them as they put the fire out. They thankfully avoided serious injury.  

Station Manager, Andy Kinsman said: “This type of behaviour is not acceptable. Our crews are just doing their jobs and it is disgraceful that they were treated this way by members of the community they are trying to protect.

“We will not tolerate this type of behaviour. We will prosecute wherever possible and all of our appliances have CCTV fitted which will be used to provide evidence where necessary.

“This isn’t the first incident we’ve had in the area where anti-social behaviour has been a factor. Crews have been subjected the verbal abuse before now and we’ve also had an increase in malicious calls from a public call box in Chesterton.

“These young people seriously need to re-consider their behaviour – what if whilst they were busy attacking our crews a member of their family needed our help? What if that fire had spread and caused serious injury or even death to someone?

“The Fire and Rescue Service is here to protect the community and no member of our staff should have to endure such shameful behaviour, especially not when those that are acting in such an appalling manner are the people who started a deliberate fire in the first place.”

The incident has been reported to Staffordshire Police.