CCTV cameras are helping to prevent attacks on firefighters. The plans will give fire staff access to live security camera footage across Newcastle, so they can spot potentially dangerous situations. Fire crews have been pelted with bricks, bottles and cans and children as young as 10 had set fire to wheelie bins in West Denton last year. Lynsey McVay, from the Tyne and Wear Rescue Service, said: "Access to the cameras allow us better establish the size and location of the fires, as well as giving us sight of any potential anti-social behaviour issues that crews may face upon attendance at incidents." Home Office data shows there were 148 attacks on firefighters attending 999 calls in the North East in 2017-18 - the highest number since modern records began.