CCTV footage of the moment a bunch of yobs lured Manchester firefighters to an ambush is being released to help catch the reckless youths.
Crews from Heywood Fire Station, Rochdale, were despatched on one of the busiest nights of the year to two wheelie bin fires on Deeplish Road at around 5.08pm yesterday.
The bins had been ignited by thugs who waited for the firefighters – after they extinguished the blaze, the team saw the group of hooded youths waiting for them and decided to reverse down the road rather than drive towards them.
But as their engine backed up, the group pounced on them and threw bricks at the window – one violent yob comes just yards away from the vehicle and launches a missile at it, smashing the windscreen and rendering it useless for the night.
Fire Control Operator Joanne Kirkham said: “There were no physical injuries [to firefighters] but obviously they were in the engine at the time and were extremely shaken.
“They had dealt with the incident, saw the group of youths as they were leaving and, rather than drive towards them, they went to back out.
“That’s when the bricks were thrown.”
ATTACK: Youths run towards fire engine and launch bricks after luring emergency crews to scene of burning wheelie bins
The fire engine has been taken off the run and will remain off the run until it has been repaired.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Peter O’Reilly said: “This is the busiest time of year for our crews and the community expects us to be on call for bonfire and all other incidents – because of these irresponsible actions, this has now had an impact on our resources.
“Thankfully, on this occasion we were able to call on other resources to provide cover.
“It is really important that the community does everything it can to make sure the respect we know they have for us is maintained by everyone at this time.
“We are getting such great support from the people of Greater Manchester. It’s just a small minority who don’t show us that support and we are working with our communities and the police to ensure this doesn’t continue.”
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Anyone who recognises the youths in the CCTV or has any information ion the incident, is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.