Police call in to identify thugs filmed throwing fireworks and a brick at fire trucks after hoax calls
This footage taken in Abel Street shows a number of young people wearing balaclavas launching missiles.
Police opened an investigation following attacks on emergency service teams over the weekend of November 5.
In several areas of Blackburn and Burnley, emergency service teams from firefighters, ambulances and police received a number of fraudulent calls before being attacked with fireworks and other missiles.
Several police vehicles were also damaged.
Chief Superintendent Mark Winstanley of the Eastern Police said: “It is only luck that no one was injured in the incidents. We are continuing to investigate these shameful events and following the arrests in Blackburn last week, we now need help identifying these people.
“Although these are actions of a small minority of people, they put people’s safety at risk and divert resources away from genuine emergency calls.
“We are aware that the majority of the community was appalled by the events and we are grateful for their support following the incidents that night.
“I would continue to appeal to anyone who can help us reach out, especially if they know who the young people are in this video or have cell phone, CCTV, or doorbell footage that could help.”
Liam Wilson, Community Protection Officer for Pennine Area for Lancashire Fire and Rescue, added: “Attacking firefighters is heinous and I am disgusted to hear that firefighters are being attacked as they try to protect communities that are being attacked. they serve.
“On one of the busiest nights for the emergency services, these actions not only put the firefighters at risk but also the community. If the fire trucks are damaged or worse yet, one or two staff are injured. , this may result in a fire the devices must be removed from the road while a replacement fire truck or other personnel are called.
“This puts communities at risk in the event of a major incident.
“We will not tolerate this kind of behavior and we will work with the police to prosecute anyone who uses violence against our staff.”
Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 citing newspaper 1535 for November 5.
You can also contact an independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers.org.