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.
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.