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Youths threw stones at the fire engine returning to base

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By Zac Hannay
Annan and Eskdale
Yobs damage fire engine

STONE throwing youths smashed a fire engine windscreen on Tuesday night in Annan. Two fire appliances were returning to base after attending a false alarm when they were attacked by youths who threw stones at the vehicles. One of the stones hit right against the windscreen of the fire engine, cracking it. It happened at about 8.27 pm in Standalane. The damage to the windscreen means that the vehicle will be out of action until it is repaired. In the meantime, a replacement fire appliance has been brought in to fill the gap. SFRS Group Commander Thomas Keay said: “Attacks on our firefighters are completely unacceptable. “This kind of anti-social behaviour not only prevents our crews from bringing an emergency to a safe and swift conclusion, but it can impact on our emergency service colleagues. “Fortunately, no firefighter was injured in this incident but a fire appliance was damaged. “We ask parents, guardians and carers to help us ensure young people are aware of the risks and consequences of this kind of behaviour.” And a police spokesman yesterday said: “A male youth has been identified as responsible and will be traced and charged/reported with the offence.”

ANNOYED . . . Watch Commander Ian Marshall
DAMAGE . . . the fire engine is now out of action until the windscreen can be replaced

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