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Drunk given suspended sentence for assault on firefighters
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 23rd August 2017 at 10:09

A man was sentenced at court yesterday for assaulting three firefighters in New Herrington earlier this year. Sunderland Magistrates Court heard how the incident happened as crews dealt with a blaze at a house in the street where Clinton Barnes, 34 lived. Barnes headbutted one firefighter, punched another on the nose and hit a third on the side of his head. Assistant Chief Officer, Alan Robson said; "Attacks on emergency service workers are abhorrent and deplorable. "It is totally unacceptable that firefighters are obstructed in carrying out their duties and subjected to physical or verbal abuse. Only a few weeks after this incident our crews came under attack when attending a deliberately set woodland fire in the Gateshead area. "Our crews have to be allowed to carry out their work protecting the public. If they find themselves under attack, we will always look to take the strongest action possible against the perpetrators." FBU secretary, Russ King said; "This was a cowardly, senseless and completely unacceptable attack on firefighters who at the end of the day were only working to keep the public safe." Barnes admitted three charges of common assault and was given a prison sentence of 12 weeks suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to pay financial compensation to the three firefighters.
 Originally posted at http://www.twfire.gov.uk/news/news/?entryid67=88598...

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