Youth abusive to fire officer and caused damage to appliance

Police appealing for information after fire officers abused

Police are appealing for information after a youth was abusive to fire officers and caused damage to their fire appliance while they were attending an incident.

Cleveland Fire Brigade staff attended a small rubbish fire at around 10:30pm on Saturday 14th December on the black path, Somerset Road in Norton. An unknown youth has approached fire officers and verbally abused them before throwing bricks at the fire appliance, causing dents to the body work. He then made off along Somerset Road.

The youth is described as white, male, 15-17 years old, slim build, 5ft 8, full grey tracksuit and black trainers.

A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: “Our emergency service colleagues deserve to be able to go about their duties without the fear of abuse. I’m sure the teenager responsible wouldn’t hesitate in calling the fire brigade to save his family and friends in a fire.”

Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection with Cleveland Fire Brigade said “Damaging equipment and trying to injure firefighters is bad enough but my real fear is that one day it will lead to tragedy, as our equipment will be getting fixed, or our firefighters will be getting patched up when a serious fire occurs. This sort of mindless behaviour needs to be stopped and I would urge anyone with information to come forward to stop this foolish boy putting more people in danger.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Kevin Middleton on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 55 111.