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Ulster teens target fire fighters with fireworks

By Cate McCurry

Firefighters in Coalisland came under attack last night from teenagers throwing fireworks.

A Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) spokesperson said no injuries had been reported.

But local Sinn Fein MLA Linda Dillon condemned those behind the attack. "It's not acceptable and anyone from this town would not want to be associated with it," she said.

Overall, the NIFRS saw a rise in calls as people celebrated Halloween.

While describing it as a "relatively quiet" evening, a spokesman said there was a slight increase in call-outs.

He said: "At this stage both the number of emergency calls and the number of mobilised incidents show a slight increase on last year's figures with the majority involving rubbish and bonfires."

Last week the NIFRS issued safety warnings ahead of Halloween after revealing 13 children and young people were admitted to hospital with firework-related injuries last year.

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