Firefighter injured after being reportedly attacked by youths in Antrim 7 months ago

Firefighter injured after being reportedly attacked by youths in Antrim

The PSNI are appealing for information.

A firefighter has been injured after reportedly coming under attack from a "large group of youths" in Antrim.

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are appealing for information following the assault on the firefighter that occurred in the vicinity of Valley Park in Newtownabbey on Thursday (21 April).

According to the PSNI, a report was received shortly after 9.40pm that officers from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service were attending a call in the area when they came under attack from a large group of youths.

It was said that the youths were throwing stones.

The firefighter received a shoulder injury when he was struck with an object during the incident.

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"We would strongly condemn this type of anti-social behaviour and nobody comes to work expecting to be assaulted," Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector Emma Spence said in a statement.

“This firefighter had been carrying out his duty and serving our local community in order to protect property, prevent danger to the public and reduce any further risk of injury.

“If you have information in relation to who was responsible for this incident, please have the courage to come forward and provide information.”

The PSNI said its enquiries are continuing.

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It has appealed to anyone with any information or who may have footage of this incident to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 2017 of 21/04/22.

Alternatively, people can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via the PSNI's website here.

They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at its website.