A firefighter who has served for nearly 30 years was attacked with a firework while tackling a bonfire on Halloween.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said that a gang of "roughly fifteen youths" all dressed in black began aiming fireworks in the direction of the firefighters while they were trying to put out the blaze in Crumpsall Park, Manchester.

Watch Manager, 50-year-old Paul Marston, was hit by a firework which ricocheted off a colleague and lodged under the back of his helmet, burning his hair and skin.

He was treated with a burns pack at the scene before being taken for further assessment at North Manchester Hospital.

Speaking after the attack, WM Marston said:" When I was hit, the pain wasn't the thing I remember most clearly but the impact followed by the horrible smell of burning hair.

"It lodged inside my helmet and as we were retreating, I struggled to get it off.

"Last night's incident has shaken me but I'll be honest, in the hours that followed I felt furious.

"But, soon I calmed down and actually stayed on shift all night- it is my responsibility to be at work, protecting my local community."

Jim Wallace, Chief Fire Officer for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said:

"Incidents such as last night's at Crumpsall Park are deeply shocking. I'm relieved WM Marston is safe and well but the reality is the incident could have been so much serious."

Police have said that they are investigating the incident and have been making numerous enquiries.

They are appealing for witnesses or for people who know the youths to get in touch with the local neighbourhood police team.

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 6516, quoting reference 3531 of 31/10/10.

Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.