Police in Newtown have detained a male (approx 1130 hours) after paramedics were chased into their emergency ambulance at which point the male chasing them is alleged to have smashed the windows of their ambulance using a weapon.
Police Officers were quickly on scene and have arrested a male in connection with the incident.
A tweet on the @ResponseWMP twitter feed said:
“A Unit Newtown have arrested a male for assaulting @OFFICIALWMAS paramedics, chasing them into their ambulance and smashing its windows with a weapon.
“Ambo is off the road and a PC was assaulted during the arrest, but the male is now secure in custody”
At this stage, it is not known how badly injured the PC was, or what the motive behind the attack may have been.
This incident yet again highlights the risk that not only police officers face on a daily basis from these sort of incidents, but highlights also the fact that Medics also face a risk of violence at a time when resources are being stretched to the limit.
WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said:
“Although physically unhurt, this must have been a terrifying ordeal for our staff. We will provide support for them going forwards, but this is something that simply should not happen.
“No one deserves to be assaulted, but our staff are there to help people in their hour of need; they are there to protect and save the lives of the public.”
Staffside Chair, Stuart Gardner added:
“We will work with the Trust to push for charges to be brought against this individual and should he be convicted, we hope that the courts will use the full powers now in place through the new Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 to hand down a punishment that will not leave ambulance staff feeling let down.
“The public have made their feelings known about such cases and we hope the courts will take that on board.”
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