A male has been arrested after an emergency ambulance was allegedly driven in to deliberately after paramedics were attacked with a knife in Wiltshire on Christmas Day.
At around 16:30 hours, paramedics were called to a residential address in Morse Street, Swindon.
An emergency ambulance crew from South Western Ambulance Service arrived on the scene shortly after the 999 call was made.
However, upon arrival, they came under attack and were forced to seek refuge in their vehicle as they waited for urgent police assistance.
At this point, their vehicle was struck by another car.
A 39-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of affray, criminal damage and drink driving.
He was booked into Gablecross Police Station.
Inspector Steve Love said:
“It is a sad reality that while attending calls to protect the public that emergency service staff are put in situations where they fear for their own safety on a daily basis and Christmas Day is no exception, unfortunately.
“Nobody should be made to feel in danger when trying to carry out their work, especially when that work involves protecting our communities.
“We will do all we can to protect emergency workers doing their job and urge the public to respect our officers and members of the ambulance service and fire service and to help us to help you.”
The news comes as Sussex Police revealed that 16 of its officers had been assaulted on Christmas Day.
Of the 16 assaults recorded, 12 occurred in West Sussex and four occurred in Brighton and Hove.
In general, the emergency services have seen an increase in the frequency and severity of assaults being inflicted upon staff.
The Crown Prosecution Service and the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, have said that the courts will ‘come down hard’ on anyone convicted of assaulting an emergency worker.
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