Yobs start park fires – then attack emergency crews

Yobs start park fires – then attack emergency crews

YOUTHS have attacked emergency service crews responding to fires they had started in Batley’s Wilton Park.

The Batley & Spen Neighbourhood Police Team (NPT) said officers had been called out at least three nights in the past week to reports of youths setting fire to bushes, trees and other foliage at the park on Bradford Road. On Sunday around a dozen separate fires were lit – some of which required the fire service to extinguish.

The youths hurled verbal abuse at officers and firefighters while throwing stones and pieces of tarmac at them and emergency service vehicles.

A spokesman for the NPT said: “These actions put an unnecessary drain on emergency resources and take units away from potentially life-threatening jobs, as well as the other obvious risks.

“If you have any information regarding potential suspects please contact us on batley_spen@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.”

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