Chiefs condemn attacks on Tredegar firefighters

SENIOR fire officers have condemned verbal attacks on firefighters after a gang hurled abuse at a crew fighting a fire in Tredegar.

Chief Fire Officer Huw Jakeway, of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said attacks like the latest which happened at a skate park near Tesco Express in the Gwent Shopping Centre are ‘totally unacceptable.’

A Tredegar-based crew was tackling a deliberately-lit refuse fire just after 10pm on Friday of last week when a gang of male and female youths aged between 15 and 18 started verbally abusing them. The crew had to call Gwent Police for assistance and put out the blaze in 20 minutes.

One of the teenagers later returned to the scene to apologise to the firefighters.

The attack comes just weeks after the launch of the ‘we can’t protect while we are under attack’ campaign.

Chief Fire officer Huw Jakeway said: “ It is absolutely beyond belief that our firefighters are being attacked while trying to save lives.”

Mike Adams, Police Sergeant, fire crime unit said all fire engines within the area have been fitted with 360 degree digital CCTV which will enable the service to record footage of any attacks on firefighrers, which can then be used to prosecute any offenders.

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2:44pm Sat 3 May 14

The Red Claw says...

We have now reached the stage whereby some very firm and highly publicised examples need to be made, via our justice system, to show these dopes that such behaviour will not be tolerated.
We have now reached the stage whereby some very firm and highly publicised examples need to be made, via our justice system, to show these dopes that such behaviour will not be tolerated. The Red Claw
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3:02pm Sat 3 May 14

old soak says...

The Fire Service have high pressure water hoses,they should use them on these morons!
The Fire Service have high pressure water hoses,they should use them on these morons! old soak
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3:51pm Sat 3 May 14

Llanmartinangel says...

The Red Claw wrote:
We have now reached the stage whereby some very firm and highly publicised examples need to be made, via our justice system, to show these dopes that such behaviour will not be tolerated.
An opinion which does you credit but I (and you), can already list the excuses that would be trucked out in court by the legal aid solicitors and the wooly hatted Guardian reading social workers. The 'binding over to keep the peace' or 'two year ASBO' would follow on.
[quote][p][bold]The Red Claw[/bold] wrote: We have now reached the stage whereby some very firm and highly publicised examples need to be made, via our justice system, to show these dopes that such behaviour will not be tolerated.[/p][/quote]An opinion which does you credit but I (and you), can already list the excuses that would be trucked out in court by the legal aid solicitors and the wooly hatted Guardian reading social workers. The 'binding over to keep the peace' or 'two year ASBO' would follow on. Llanmartinangel
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