/ Police arrest man after obstruction of fire service

Police investigating the verbal abuse of the fire service in Tameside have made an arrest.

At around 3.15pm on Wednesday 15 November 2017, police were called to reports of a fire on Hawthorn Street in Audenshaw.

Officers attended and found a fire which the fire service were attempting to put out.

As they were extinguishing the fire, the fire crew were met with abuse from a man.

He then attempted to relight the fire they had been putting out, and continued making threats toward the fire service.

A 37 year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of obstructing emergency workers.

Inspector Jane Butler of GMP’s Tameside borough, said: “This fire crew were working hard to extinguish the fire and prevent any further damage on the street.

“It’s deeply upsetting that a member of the public decided to disrupt their attempts and to relight the fire.

“Although we have made an arrest, we are still working to establish the full circumstances around this incident.

“I’d urge anyone who saw the incident, or was in the area at the time and knows something that could help with our enquiries, to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 1226 of 15/11/17. This can also be done anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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