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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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Carlisle youth shelter bulldozed after fire crew attacked

A youth shelter where firefighters were attacked while trying to put out a blaze has been torn down.

Carlksle youth shelter photo
The shelter is taken down

Housing association Riverside has taken away the structure in the west of Carlisle as part of efforts to stop trouble flaring again.

People living near the shelter on Dowbeck Road told them and police they wanted the shelter taken away as soon as possible.

A digger has now ripped it out of the ground.

Concerns about the shelter grew after a violent attack on firefighters there last month.

Crews responding to a 999 call about a fire there were pelted with stones and fireworks by yobs who gathered nearby as they tried to douse and dismantle a bonfire.

Police patrols in the area were stepped up in the wake of what happened.

And as part of wider efforts to quell any lingering community concerns, officers joined forces with Riverside staff, firefighters, trading standards and city council officials for a Street Safe event to find out what worries they have.

They visited 226 houses in three streets of the area, between Dalston and Wigton Roads.

Removal of the youth shelter was one of the most frequent requests they had.

Inspector Barry Bell, who leads the policing team in the west of the city, said: “Riverside have done a great job in removing the shelter so quickly and professionally. We are committed to acting on concerns that are highlighted through these Street Safe events.”

Nine men have been arrested and released on bail on suspicion of violent disorder and criminal damage following the fire incident at the youth shelter.

One man has been charged with causing criminal damage

Craig Drinkald, station manager at Carlisle West fire station, said: “We’ll be working on the feedback received, but if there are any further ideas or suggestions to improve the environment we would welcome them.”

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