1. ITV Report

Fire crews attacked in Sunderland on Bonfire Night

Firefighters on Wearside were subjected to "unacceptable levels of abuse" while attending car fires in Sunderland last night.

Crews from Marley Park fire station were called out to a car fire at 17.22pm yesterday afternoon at Greystone Place, in Southwick, to reports of a car having been driven into a bonfire.

On arrival, missiles and fireworks were thrown at crews by a group of youths – aged between about 10 and 19 - who then attempted to barricade the fire engine into the street.

  • Viewer footage shows youths hurling fireworks at emergency services

However, the crews were asked to return to the area shortly after 7 pm, following a further report of another car on fire. They were targeted with abuse for the second time.

There were no injuries to either firefighters or appliances.

Damage to the residential area in Southwick, Sunderland Credit: TWFRS

This takes the abuse against our firefighters to a new unacceptable level. These are dedicated professional people whose job it is to protect our communities. Not only did they have to suffer objects – including fireworks, bricks and bottles being thrown at them – but also had the threat of not being able to leave the scene due to the attempt to barricade in their fire engine.

– TWFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Alan Robson
Crews were forced to abandon the call for their safety Credit: TWFRS

Northumbria Police have also condemned the attacks, and said on top of this incident, over this Bonfire weekend there were a further 4 attacks on firefighters.

This deplorable behaviour is completely unacceptable and is something we take incredibly seriously. We attended the scene on the night and have launched an investigation. We would urge anyone who knows the identity of those who were responsible to come forward.

– Sergeant Louise McClennan, of Northumbria Police