Chief constable's anger after attacks on emergency services following hoax calls

Lancashire's Chief Constable has spoken of his sadness and anger after several incidents in the county on Bonfire Night which saw emergency services personnel attacked following hoax calls.

By Tony Durkin
Saturday, 6th November 2021, 1:27 pm
Updated Saturday, 6th November 2021, 1:28 pm

The force said that in areas of both Blackburn and Burnley, crews from the fire service, ambulance and police were subjected to yobs attacking them with fireworks and other missiles.

A number of police vehicles were damaged and are now out of action following the incidents which the police have said were 'totally unacceptable'. No-one was injured.

No arrests have been made and inquiries are ongoing to identify those responsible.

Lancashire Chief Constable Chris Rowley

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“The events of Friday night were totally inexcusable and show an utter lack of respect for emergency service workers who are going above and beyond day in and day out to keep our communities safe.

“Police officers are human beings and many of them live in the communities that they police and protect. They do not come to work to be abused and physically attacked by a small minority of disrespectful people who clearly have no respect for the authorities or indeed the communities that they live in.

“It is only a matter of good fortune that no police officers, paramedics or firefighters were not seriously hurt in last’s nights disgraceful events.

“We will be doing all we can to identify the individuals involved and subject them to the full force of the law.”