Greater Manchester Fire Brigades Union has welcomed the six month custodial sentences handed out to youths in Manchester who attacked fire crews as appropriate to the crime. The union said it took no great pleasure in seeing youths so young receiving custodial sentences but that the punishment had to fit the crime and act as a deterrent.
Greater Manchester Brigade Secretary Kevin Brown said: “We take no pleasure in their sentences but these youths were old enough to know what they were doing. Our work is dangerous enough without having to face a diet of bricks and bottles.
“Attacking fire crews is recreational violence in some areas and the judge has it spot on. Six months is a significant sentence for youths of this age but the punishment must fit the crime.
“There has been a rising number of attacks on fire crews in Manchester and across the country. In the UK they are running at between 40 and 120 attacks a week and they are totally unacceptable.
“We’re being attacked in pre-arranged ambushes, when we are going to fires and even when we are at fires trying to saves lives. We need to educate kids and work with them to help stop these attacks but if that fails then the courts need to send a clear message.”