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Derbyshire Firefighter Racially Abused

On Saturday 30 May 2020 at 19:00 hours a Firefighter from Staveley Fire Station was racially abused by a group of men at the junction of Walton Back Lane and Yew Tree Drive in Somersall.

The crew from Staveley were on route back to station following a grass fire in Ashover when they stopped to fill the fire engine at a water hydrant on the corner of Walton Back Lane and Yew Tree Drive.  As they were filling the engine, a white Vauxhall Corsa slowed down as it went by and the male occupants shouted racial abuse at a member of the crew.

Area Manager Clive Stanbrook said: “Our Firefighters are part of the community, there to help people when it’s most needed, often in extremely challenging and dangerous conditions.

“To hear that the crew at Staveley, specifically one of our BAME colleagues was subject to such racial abuse is appalling. This is totally unacceptable behaviour at any time, towards anyone and in any circumstance.

“If anyone has any information in relation to this incident, you can call our police colleagues on 101 quoting reference number 20*274966.”

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service aims to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect at work and when going about their work serving their communities.