Northern Ireland

Londonderry attack fireman treated for glass in eyes

A fireman has been taken to hospital with glass in his eyes after the engine he was driving came under attack in Londonderry on Thursday night.

The crew was responding to reports of a fire at a school on the Aileach Road when they were pelted with bricks and bottles around 2030 BST. There was no fire at the school

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Kerr said the driver managed to maintain control of his vehicle, but that the crew decided to withdraw.

He condemned those behind the attack.

"I think that when one reflects on the incidents of the last few weeks, the Fire and Rescue Service attended over 2,000 incidents of gorse fires without serious injury to any of our fire fighters," he said.

"As those levels of activity are reducing, we find one of our fire officers injured in such a needless and unjustified attack."