Fire crew attacks ‘mar’ Bonfire Night – BBC News

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Bonfire Night was “marred” by a number of attempts on firefighters across Scotland, the fire services has said.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service( SFRS) crew had rockets and fireworks hurled at them as they attended incidents.

In Greenock, firefighters were forced to withdraw after they were attacked with missiles.

Crews were sent to 970 incidents between 16:00 and midnight on Saturday on what the fire services spoke was its busiest night of the year.

SFRS assistant chief officer Lewis Ramsay spoke: “Attacks on emergency responders are completely unacceptable and I am sure the public “wouldve been” outraged by incidents where their firefighters have been targeted while working to protect people and property.

“Those responsible should know that the authorities take these criminal actions extremely seriously and we will work closely with police to ensure they are identified and held to account.

“We will continue our efforts to bring about a reduction in these hazardous actions by a small number of individuals.”

Crews were attacked by groupings of youths in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, at about 19:30, where a stone injury an contraption in New England Road.

A similar attack to be undertaken in Fore Street Glasgow at about 19:50, as firefighters were responding to reports of a bonfire.

Groups also shed fireworks at attack gangs in the Balgrayhill area of Glasgow and in Durban Avenue in Clydebank.

There were further attempts in Stirling, Stenhousemuir in Falkirk and the Sighthill area of Edinburgh. A crew called to a rubbish attack in Bingham, Edinburgh, had stones hurled at them, making one firefighter.

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The SFRS spoke gangs also attended dozens of other incidents, including a large fence attack in Muir of Ord, Highland, bonfires in Dundee and a number of wheelie bin fires in Aberdeen

Assistant chief officer Ramsay lent: “Our crews responded to 970 incidents on Bonfire Night and over 300 bonfires.

“Bonfire Night is generally the service’s busiest night of its first year, but in addition to countless bonfires firefighters continue to respond to the full range of emergencies we face on a daily basis.

“Our frontline crews and functionings restrain personnel are extremely dedicated and I would like to pay tribute to their professionalism, ability and hard work which enabled them aimed at protecting communities across the country.”

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