Photo courtesy South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

Firefighters from Sheffield’s Central fire station were victims of an attack last night, when they were responding to reports of a fire.

Objects including eggs and fireworks were thrown at the fire engine and crew on Wensley Street, at 8.30pm.

Area Manager at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Andy Strelczenie said: ““We are absolutely appalled that our firefighters appear to have been targeted in this way.

“Attacks like this place the safety of our firefighters, and the people they are trying to protect, at risk.”

None of the crew were injured and they withdrew until police arrived, before putting out the fire which was in a wheelie bin and had been deliberately started.

Mr Strelczenie said: “Thankfully, this type of incident is extremely rare in South Yorkshire and it is only a tiny minority of people who would ever consider acting in such an irresponsible and dangerous way.

“However, even one attack on a firefighter is completely unacceptable – and we will work alongside the police to fully investigate any attacks and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.”

Similar attacks also happened in Oldham and Hyde in Greater Manchester and firefighters in Scotland were attacked six times on Bonfire Night.

Any attack on police officers, paramedics, prison officers and firefighters is punishable by up to 12 months in prison.

If you have any information, please call 101, quoting incident no 961.