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Fire engine pelted with bricks by youths in Rochdale

A fire engine has been taken off the road after a brick was thrown through the windscreen at firefighters in Rochdale.

At 5.08pm yesterday - Sunday November 4 - firefighters from Heywood Fire Station were called to a fire on Deeplish Road in Deeplish.

A fire crew were sent to the scene and found two wheelie bins had been set alight by youths.

The crew put the fire out but as they were driving away youths who had gathered in the area started throwing bricks, one of which smashed the windscreen.

None of the firefighters was injured but they were said to be extremely shaken by the incident.

The fire engine has been taken out of service and will remain off the road until it has been repaired.

Fire Control Operator Joanne Kirkham spoke to the crew just after the incident. She said: “There were no physical injuries but obviously they were in the engine at the time and were extremely shaken.''

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Peter O’Reilly said: “This is the busiest time of year for our crews and the community expects us to be on call for bonfire and all other incidents – because of these irresponsible actions, this has now had an impact on our resources.

“Thankfully, on this occasion we have been able to call on other resources to provide cover.

“It is really important that the community does everything it can to make sure the respect we know they have for us is maintained by everyone at this time.

“We are getting such great support from the people of Great Manchester. It’s just a small minority who don’t show us that support and we are working with our communities and the police to ensure this doesn’t continue.”

– Assistant Chief Fire Officer Peter O'Reilly