Research shows rising attacks on firefighters.(News)

Attacks on UK firefighters have risen to 40 a week and the problem is getting worse, according to new research carried out for the Fire Brigades Union by the Labour Research Department.

FBU General Secretary Andy Gilchrist said: "The number and ferocity of the attacks appears to be getting worse. A young boy died in Scotland during one attack and it is only a question of time before a firefighter is killed.

"These attacks are inexcusable and must not be tolerated. It can never be part of anyone's job to get a brick or bottle in the head or be spat at.

"The causes appear complex and we need more than knee-jerk reaction headlines calling for 'crackdowns'. …

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