East Sussex Chief Fire Officer ‘disgusted’ after firefighters attacked by youths in Eastbourne

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Police are investigating after firefighters were targeted by youths in Eastbourne yesterday (Monday, 2).

Officers said a fire crew was responding to a small fire in Shinewater Park at around 6.30pm when a group of young people threw pebbles and planks of wood at them.

One firefighter was reportedly taken to hospital after being hit on the head by a pebble.

Officers were called to Larkspur Drive, but were unable to locate the suspects.

Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker said:

“I am absolutely disgusted by the fact that our Eastbourne crew were both verbally and physically attacked by a group of young people last night when attending a tree fire.

“I want to be very clear that this type of violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at any level.

“If any incidents such as this occurs in the future we will not hesitate in contacting the police.

“One of our firefighters was taken to hospital, after a stone hit him on the head.

“It’s just shocking that people want to harm the very people that risk their lives to keep them safe… Very sad.

“The service welcomed the introduction of the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 and we encourage all staff of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to report any incidents where they feel threatened or at risk and as a service we will support efforts to bring prosecutions to help protect our staff.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting serial 1134 of 02/12.