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Man charged over malicious Fireman Sam email and calls

A 55-year-old man has been charged with a malicious communications offence after Lincolnshire Fire Service controversially dropped Fireman Sam from its promotional materials.

Jeremy Flashman, of Kings Road, Southminster, Essex, is due to appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, October 31, to answer a charge of sending an indecent/offensive email, telephone call and voicemail to Lincolnshire's Chief Fire Officer Les Britzman on September 11.

Mr Flashman had been interviewed under caution at a police station in south Essex, on October 11.

Fireman Sam UGC pic for Lynn News. (16434113)
Fireman Sam UGC pic for Lynn News. (16434113)

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said it would no longer use Fireman Sam to promote the service after people complained that he was not “inclusive” enough.

An email revealed how the Service received negative feedback on their station open day posters and advertising material.

Instead staff were advised to use two fire extinguisher mascots named Freddie and Filbert.

Chief Fire Officer Les Britzman (19275382)
Chief Fire Officer Les Britzman (19275382)

Mr Britzman then clashed with national newspapers and Piers Morgan over the decision to scrap Fireman Sam.

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