Man charged after residents abused and threw objects at police and firefighters

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A man has been charged after police and firefighters were subjected to abuse and had debris thrown at them.

Disorder broke out on Winthorpe Road in Grimsby on the night of April 30, with no emergency services’ staff thankfully suffering any injuries,

Two police vehicles sustained damage.

Ashley Dean Russell, 32, and of Kirkstead Crescent, Grimsby has been charged with use threatening/ abusive words/ behaviour or disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

He has been conditionally bailed to appear at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, May 30.

Detective Chief Inspector of Humberside Police Sharon Wood said: “The acts of a few mindless people will not be tolerated and we are committed to ensuring those responsible are dealt with.

“It is totally unacceptable for police or fire staff to be targeted whilst doing their jobs in keeping the public safe.

“The support for the emergency services and condemnation of the offenders on social media was good to see and showed the public are really behind us.”

Detective Sergeant Ian Potter added: “We have begun a thorough investigation to identify the people responsible for the unacceptable behaviour, with one man in the cells with further arrest of key offenders planned.

“The investigation will see detectives reviewing CCTV and images captured by the media, and getting statements from the public, as well as emergency service personnel.

“We will identify anyone involved in the criminality and would like the public’s help by contacting us with information about those involved.

“In addition we would ask people who have footage captured on their phones or private CCTV to call us.”

Anyone who can help the investigation should call 101 quoting log 462 of April 30.

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