Fire engine damaged and firefighters abused at incident

A Macclesfield man has admitted damaging a fire engine and abusing firefighters after they were called to extinguish a fire at a block of flats in the town.

The incident happened on July 26 2015 at 10.22am at Waterside Mill, Macclesfield, following a 999 call to a bin on fire. The crew arrived at the scene and found the premises evacuated and residents already outside awaiting their arrival.

An industrial bin was found smouldering at the front of the block of flats and as firefighters went to extinguish it, Vincent Mark Bradley of Waterside Mill, Macclesfield appeared and became aggressive towards one of the crew. Later stones were thrown which damaged two vehicles, one of which was the fire engine.

Mr Bradley appeared at Macclesfield Magistrates Court on October 29th 2015, accused of two acts of criminal damage, one to a fire engine and one to a car and one of public order.

He pleaded guilty to all charges and was given 120 hours of community service and ordered to pay £685.

On sentencing the judge stated that he could not emphasis enough how seriously the case was taken and that it was unacceptable the way Mr Bradley had dealt with the firefighters that day.

Station Manager Stephen McCormick attended the trial, he said:

“This kind of behaviour, whether it be verbal or criminal damage, is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“It is beyond belief that someone could attack firefighters and verbally abuse them while they are simply doing their job.

“His actions could have seriously injured a firefighter on board or put the fire engine off the run preventing it from responding to an emergency.

“I’m pleased that the seriousness of this attack has been acknowledged by the judge and must stress that we will not hesitate to take action against anyone putting the lives of firefighters and potentially Cheshire residents at risk.”

Date published: Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:10:53 GMT