A PARAMEDIC was assaulted by a drunk as he went to help him in Church Green West yesterday (Wednesday).
The ambulance was called out twice by concerned members of the public at about 3pm to Evesham Walk, just outside The Three Cooks, to reports of a man, in his 30s, lying unconscious on the pavement.
Afterwards as officers took the drunk to The Alexandra Hospital, he spat in the face of a woman constable.
Earlier he paramedic team had arrived and tried to help the man but he began kicking out at the crew and hitting one of the paramedics.
They pressed their panic button and the police arrived at about 3.15pm with a squad car and van and tried to arrest the man who carried on struggling and threatened to stab the officers.
An ambulance spokesman said: “Our staff are there to assist people in their hour of need and they are not their to be a punchbag.
“Staff do not go out there to be assaulted and it is quite despicable so we hope the court takes a very dim view on it.
“Even if the patient is intoxicated, it is no excuse for assaulting our staff and we hope the courts hand down the maximum punishment.”
Insp Darren Webster said: “When attending any incident we will risk assess how many officers should attend, based on information given by the caller, intelligence on any people involved, and factors such as drug or alcohol intoxication.
“The incident on Wednesday afternoon required additional officers to use a piece of specialist equipment to restrain the male for his safety, the public, officers and paramedics in attendance. As a result of this incident an officer and a paramedic assaulted and the man was arrested and remains in custody for questioning.”