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Ambulance staff assaulted as they went to help patient in Redditch

Correspondent 11th Jun, 2019 Updated: 11th Jun, 2019

AMBULANCE staff were assaulted after going to help a patient in Redditch over last weekend.

The incident was one of three which saw staff attacked as they attended people across the region – the other cases were in Birmingham and Telford.

Thankfully no-one was seriously injured.

One of the staff injured had been working at the Trust’s City Centre Treatment Unit (CCTU) in Birmingham when they were assaulted.

On Sunday night, two ambulances were vandalised whilst on separate 999 calls in Birmingham.

Later the same night on Reservoir Road in Erdington, a crew were responded to a 999 call at around 11.30pm.

When they returned to their vehicle at 1.30am, once they had treated the patient, they discovered that their windscreen had been smashed making the vehicle unsafe to be used for the rest of the shift.

Craig Cooke, the Trust’s Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, said: “I simply do not know what goes through the minds of these horrible individuals.

“Not only have I had five staff assaulted whilst trying to do their job, two ambulances have had to be taken off the road meaning two less vehicles were available to respond to 999 calls.

“Thankfully, our on-board CCTV has captured some excellent footage which will be passed onto our police colleagues to assist with identifying and charging the culprits.”

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