Cleveland Fire Brigade have warned that attacks and threats on fire crews will not be tolerated after a man was cautioned by police for violent behaviour.
He verbally abused firefighters and threatened them with a large piece of wood after they were called to a pile of household rubbish on fire in a garden in Thornaby between Christmas and New Year. He also threatened to smash up a fire appliance.
Smoke and embers from the fire were close to a garden fence, tree and other properties.
The man received an official caution under Section 4 of the Public Order Act for threatening behaviour intending to cause someone fear or to provoke violence.
Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection at Cleveland Fire Brigade said: “Our firefighters are here to protect the public and the type of behaviour displayed by this man, on this occasion, is totally unacceptable. We have CCTV cameras on all of our fire engines that provide good evidence and we have no hesitation, as we did here, reporting such incidents to the police. It will not be tolerated. We work closely with Cleveland Police and action will be taken.”