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Appeal after two attacks on fire crews in Crook

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service has appealed to the public to help stop attacks on its fire crews.

It follows two incidents in the Crook area during the past week when objects were thrown at firefighters.

In both cases they had been called out to extinguish deliberate fires.

A spokesman for the service described it as particularly distressing because it involved local firefighters who lived in the area.

Andrew Allison, the service's senior community safety officer, said: "Their families are obviously shocked that they should receive this type of treatment while trying to keep their neighbours safe.

"We are going into the local schools again to explain our role and are working closely with the local police to identify those responsible."

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