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Fire crews attacked “40 times a week”


London : Fire crews are being attacked 40 times a week, assaulted by bricks, bottles and stones as they tackle blazes, Reuters quoted the Fire Brigades Union as saying on Monday.

Other incidents include ambushes, booby traps and attacks with lumps of wood and knives.

“In some areas attacking fire crews has become a recreational activity, with very serious consequences,” said the union’s general secretary Matt Wrack.

The union said attacks had risen 15 percent to 1,504 in England and Wales in 2006-07.