Big rise in attacks on Strathclyde firefighters.(News)

There were 162 reported acts of violence against Strathclyde firefighters in the 12 months to March 31 this year--an increase of 19 or about 14 per cent on 2004/2005.

Stoning and missiles accounted for the highest number of incidents--stoning incidents rose from 63 to 80, and missiles from 39 to 41. Incidents involving weapons remained unchanged at seven, reported cases of verbal abuse fell from 25 to 19 and other types of incident, such as vandalism, rose from nine to 15.

Condemning the attacks, Councillor Joe Lowe, Convener of the Board of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, said: "Yet again we find that firefighters are being viciously targeted white they are doing their jobs to protect our communities. …

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