Police looking to trace man who abused a firefighter after a restaurant and cinema had to be evacuated in Haverhill
A lout who spat and swore at a firefighter before damaging a fire engine during an incident in Haverhill is being hunted by police.
Two fire crews rushed to Frankie & Benny's and Cineworld in Ehringshausen Way shortly after 8.30pm last Friday after people reported a smell of chemicals coming from a drain. Police officers then arrived at about 9.30pm.
The restaurant and cinema were evacuated and a cordon put in place.
Eight people were treated by paramedics from the Hazardous Area Response Team after complaining of feeling unwell.
A Suffolk Police spokesman said the cause of their feeling unwell was at the time 'described as a strong smell of petrol,' adding: "A member of the fire service encountered two males inside the cordon.
"When he informed them the building had been evacuated and was closed, one of the males is reported to have spat and sworn at the firefighter and then kicked off a wing mirror of the fire appliance.
"The two males were then driven off by a female in a Vauxhall Zafira."
A Suffolk Fire and Rescue spokesman said: "The substance was not confirmed as petrol. The smell diminished quite rapidly, even before the arrival of Suffolk Fire and Rescue. The actual origin could have come from anywhere within the drainage system
"No chemicals or cleaning fluid had been poured down the drains at Cineworld or Frankie and Benny’s. "
Police are investigating the incident and any witnesses should contact Haverhill Police on 101 quoting reference 10638/19.