More details revealed after Derbyshire firefighter racially abused

A Derbyshire fire chief has spoken out after a firefighter was racially abused.

At around 7pm on Saturday, a crew was returning to Staveley fire station after tackling a blaze in Ashover.

The team stopped to fill the fire engine at a water hydrant on the corner of Walton Back Lane and Yew Tree Drive in Chesterfield.

Police are investigating the incident.

A white Vauxhall Corsa then went past and the men inside the car shouted racial abuse at one of the firefighters.

Clive Stanbrook, area manager at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Our firefighters are part of the community – there to help people when it’s most needed, often in extremely challenging and dangerous conditions.

“To hear that the crew at Staveley, specifically one of our BAME colleagues, was subject to such racial abuse is appalling.

“This is totally unacceptable behaviour at any time, towards anyone and in any circumstance.”

Anyone with information should call Derbyshire Constabulary on 101, quoting 20*274966.