Gang of yobs hurled bricks at fire engine causing crew to flee as they tried to tackle blaze in Oldham
Police condemn attack after firefighters were forced to leave the scene and the vehicle has now been taken out of service for repairs
A gang of around 20 people hurled the missiles at the vehicle while firefighters tried to put out a blaze in Oldham.
The engine was taken out of service for repairs following the attack, which broke the front window and nearside shutters.
The incident took place when a crew were called to a bonfire off Pitt Street, in Glodwick , at around 10.40pm on Saturday night, October 17.
Police Sergeant Andy Wheeler said: “This is completely unacceptable behaviour that could have seriously injured someone should they have been hit by a brick. The fire engine itself was damaged with a window being smashed and the nearside shutters.
“The crew were unable to deal with the fire and were forced to leave. When they arrived at the station, the fire engine was unable to be used and requires repair.
"It is getting to that time of year when the fire service is called out more and now, due to the actions of these individuals, a valuable resource is off the streets.
“I would ask anyone who may have information as to who was responsible to contact police as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should phone police at Oldham police station on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
NWN: The MEN hasn't mentioned the perps descriptions. No surprises there. The area is Glodwick (pronounced Gloddick) and is the main Pakistani area in Oldham. This was the centre of the riots in 2001 in Oldham and a veritable no go zone at times. This would not be the first time the locals have attacked fire engines.