NFRS issue statement following local disturbance attack

05/11/2020

Yesterday (Wednesday 4 November) at 22:52pm fire crews attended a moped fire in Top Valley, Arnold. Whilst trying to extinguish the fire, bricks were thrown at fire and police personnel.

Matt Reavill, Group Manager, said: “This act is unacceptable, and we are working with Nottinghamshire Police to identify those responsible.”

Each fire appliance has eight CCTV cameras and footage is now with Nottinghamshire Police for the investigation.

Matt continued: “We have now put control measures in place to support and protect our crews when attending incidents.

"We do not condone anti-social behaviour and it is not acceptable for emergency service staff to be hurt when they are out doing their job."

A dispersal order has been put in place in the Top Valley area for a 48-hour period following a series of incidents, including this one last night.

With Bonfire Night approaching (5 November) the Service are urging residents to follow safety precautions and to not light bonfires so that crews do not get called out unnecessarily leading to a further demand on the Service.

Police Sergeant Oliver Vale, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are investigating all of the reports which came to us yesterday and we are taking them very seriously. I can assure people that we will be taking robust action against those who were involved.”

Nottinghamshire Police are appealing to anyone who saw the incident to help with their enquiries. Please call 101, quoting incident number 460 of 4 November 2020, with any information.

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