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Cleveland Fire and Rescue attacked on call out

Firefighters have come under attack. Credit: PA Images

Firefighters tackling a rubbish fire in Middlesbrough have come under attack from youths throwing missiles and damaging equipment.

Cleveland’s Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton has again warned that such behaviour will not be tolerated.

Fire engines are fitted with CCTV cameras and footage has been passed onto Cleveland Police.

This latest incident saw crews having wood and other objects thrown at them, youngsters standing on hoses to prevent the flow of water and opening the rear doors of appliances to try and remove equipment. The youths also tried to start another fire nearby, while crews were tackling the rubbish fire,.

It comes after Cleveland Fire Brigade recently fitted firefighters with body cameras in a pilot scheme to help stem a rising number of attacks.

Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton said: “Make no mistake such totally irresponsible behaviour will not be tolerated. We join forces with other emergency services in condemning these incidents. We have a duty to protect our firefighters who are protecting the local community. With body cameras and CCTV cameras we will now be able to capture more evidence of those involved.”