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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Staffordshire makes hard-hitting film about consequences of anti-social behaviour

10/10/2013

A hard-hitting film warning local young people about the consequences of physically or verbally attacking firefighters is to be launched ahead of Bonfire Night.

"Those responsible for carrying out verbal and physical attacks on firefighters last November 5 put the crews’ lives at risk as well as endangered innocent members of the community. That is why we have been working very closely with schools across the city and with our partners, to educate young people on the potentially devastating consequences that anti-social behaviour can have." 

Community Safety Officer Mick Warrilow

The six-minute DVD aims to discourage teenagers from taking part in anti-social behaviour by showing them the stark reality they could face if they are caught and prosecuted.

The film has been produced after a trio of "absolutely shocking" incidents took place in and around Shelton on November 5, 2012.

The Targeted Response Vehicle from Hanley, a fire engine from Burslem and firefighters were pelted with bricks, stones, glass bottles and fireworks.

The fire service and police have worked closely with pupils at Thistley Hough Academy and Oakhill Primary School to produce the educational footage.

The film’s opening scenes show a group of rowdy youngsters throwing items at fire crews as they carry out potentially lifesaving work.

The police are then alerted to the situation and track the offenders down. The culprits are prosecuted in court and sentenced to 12 weeks in a youth offenders’ institute.

Representatives from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Staffordshire Police and Stoke-on-Trent City Council will attend the film’s 'premiere' at Thistley Hough School on Monday, October 14. They will be joined by young people who feature in the DVD.

Community Safety Officer at the Service Mick Warrilow said: "The level of aggression shown towards firefighters as they were trying to carry out a vital role on Bonfire Night last year was absolutely shocking. It is the busiest time of the year for the Service and crews need to be fully focused on responding to emergencies.

"Those responsible for carrying out verbal and physical attacks on firefighters last November 5 put the crews’ lives at risk as well as endangered innocent members of the community. That is why we have been working very closely with schools across the city and with our partners, to educate young people on the potentially devastating consequences that anti-social behaviour can have.

“The film gives a powerful message to young people that these criminal actions will not be tolerated in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent."

Chief Superintendent Juliet Prince, Commander of Local Policing North, added: "We would like everyone to enjoy the upcoming annual activities without putting themselves or others in danger and would urge parents to talk to their children about their behaviour - and safety - during Halloween and Bonfire Night."