Police station under attack during busiest night for fire calls
PUBLISHED: 15:23 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:45 05 October 2010
A FIREWORK attack on a police station in London’s East End during last night’s Guy Fawkes celebrations is being investigated as arson. The evening was marred by other incidents involving fireworks, said police, with two members of the public injured, one suffering a burn to his eye
A FIREWORK attack on a police station in London’s East End during last night’s Guy Fawkes celebrations is being investigated as arson.
The evening was marred by other incidents involving fireworks, said police, with two members of the public injured, one suffering a burn to his eye.
An aerial bombardment’ firework was hurled into Bethnal Green police station in Victoria Park Square from the pavement outside at 9pm.
It filled the front office with smoke, damaging the ceiling and air vent and setting off the fire alarms.
Police confirmed two suspects slid the 30 multi-shot firework which ignited.
Forensic officers have examined the firework and were also viewing CCTV evidence.
“An arson crime report is being investigated,” said Pol Ins Stephen Manger. “This incident is being treated seriously.
“It was fortunate no members of the public or police staff were injured when the firework ignited.”
The fire brigade had to be called in as the office filled with smoke.
Fire brigade watch manager Mark Warrilow told the East London Advertiser: “We treated this as serious because of the risk of fire in the air duct above the ceiling which could have spread to the rest of the building.
“There were about 30 small explosions which could have caused fire.
“We’ve had incidents with aerial bombardment’ fireworks in the past set off in shop premises—but never a police station.”
There were 77 emergency 999 calls handled six hours during Guy Fawkes Night by the London Fire Brigade’s Tower Hamlets division in just eight hours between 6pm and 2am.
A crew from Bethnal Green was targeted by youths who aimed a rocket at their fire engine on a 999 call in Florida Street.
“We could see it coming,” said a senior crew member. “The youths were aggressive towards us—but luckily the rocket bounced off the vehicle.”
Another crew came under threat from youths throwing fireworks half-a-mile away in Brady Street when they were called to deal with a bonfire out of control on the Collingwood Estate.
Millwall fire station on the Isle of Dogs had to call in police when firefighters came under threat from 30 youths at Norbiton Green open space in Limehouse.
A bonfire in St Paul’s Way, Mile End, had to be put when it threatened to spread to a go-kart track close by, while another was extinguished which threatened a block of flats on Bow’s Lockton Estate.
Police had to accompany a crew from Poplar fire station when youths threw fireworks in Brabizon Street.
Firefighters also dealt with blaze in a children’s playground at John Fisher Street in Whitechapel when an unsupervised bonfire got out of control.