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Firefighters attacked by youths after blaze at woodland

They had been called to reports of a fire in nearby woodland on Friday night.

Attack: Two firefighters were assaulted.
Attack: Two firefighters were assaulted.

Two firefighters have been attacked by a group of youths in Midlothian.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were attending an emergency call at Lawfield Farm, Dalkeith when the assault took place.

They had been called to reports of a fire in nearby woodland at around 8:40pm.

The firefighters who were assaulted were not injured as a result of the incident.

A group of youths were seen in the area at the time and police are urging anyone who has information to get in touch.

Inspector Neil Mitchell said: "It is extremely disappointing that colleagues from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have been assaulted whilst attending an emergency call. It is totally unacceptable to attack emergency service workers who are there to protect and support our communities when in need.

"I would urge anyone who has information to get in touch with Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference number 4036 of 3 November or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.

"Our investigations into this incident are ongoing and such attacks on emergency services will not be tolerated."

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