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Fire crew attacks on the rise

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A senior firefighter has warned that attacks on crews are escalating after three separate incidents overnight in West Lothian. Once crew was attacked twice in less than an hour in Livingston.

Meanwhile, firefighters in Edinburgh needed a police escort after being attacked in the Niddrie area.

Assistant Divisional Officer John Dickie, from the Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, said attacks were becoming increasingly common.

The Livingston firefighters were hit by stones after being called to a rubbish fire in Graham Way just before 2000 BST on Tuesday.

The same crew was attacked at about 2240 BST by a gang of youths hurling stones when attending a burning sofa on the street in the Craigshill area of the town.

In Niddrie, the windscreen of the crew’s engine was smashed by a stone and firefighters had to call police before they could tackle a minor blaze.

Mr Dickie said that despite community initiatives, particularly in schools, such incidents were becoming a more and more regular occurrence.

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