Details have emerged via social media of the moment that a male repeatedly punched an ambulance crew member in Hitchin Town Centre.
The incident was revealed by the daughter of the medic who was assaulted. In a post on social media, she said:
“Absolutely fuming and disgusted.
“My mum works for the ambulance service and got called out to a job last night in Hitchin town because some w**ker decided to get off his face and then thought it would be alright to abuse her and her crewmate when all they are doing is trying to help him and because they decided to call the police due to his continuing disgusting behaviour he then thought it would be ok to beat the total s**t out of my mum.
“My poor mum not only has a black eye but many bruises all over her body where he continued to punch her while on top of her on the floor of the ambulance.
“Nothing her poor frightened crewmate could do to stop him even members of the public tried to help, but he would not stop.
“Eventually the police arrived and took many officers to drag this scum bag of my mum.
“The abuse not only ambulance staff have to deal with, but hospitals and police on a daily bases is disgusting when all these people are trying to do is their job and to help.
“I hope he gets all he deserves and much more.
“I would put a pictures up but i know my mum would not like it so cropped a small one just to show you all what s**t they have to put up with.
“Please share this around as hope it gets seen by him or whoever knows him and so people can see the s**t our emergency services have to put up with!!!
“_ _ thank you for being amazing and doing all you did for my mum, love you loads x”
In another post on Twitter, a colleague of the injured medic said:
“The real risk to healthcare workers today.
“This is a colleague working in East of England ambulance service.
“Yesterday, she responded to a call to a drunk male with her crewmate.
“This is a (consented) snapshot of what the patient did to her while the police were en-route”.
A spokesperson for the East of England Ambulance Service told Emergency Services News:
“We were called at 12.29am yesterday with reports of a person who was unwell in Sun Street, Hitchin.
“Two members of staff attended and were assaulted while trying to help a patient.
“We are supporting both of our colleagues and the incident has been reported to police.
“No-one should have to face abuse as part of their job, but when our staff, volunteers and students – who are there to help people – are assaulted or abused, it’s completely unacceptable.
“We will continue to support our staff in reporting abuse and pressing for the strongest penalties.
“Our Don’t Choose to Abuse campaign reminds everyone that, although we often see people in very difficult circumstances, they still have a choice in how they behave – and the consequences of abusing our staff can be serious.”
A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Police confirmed to Emergency Services News:
‘A 47-year-old man has been charged in connection with an alleged assault in the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday, June 16).
‘John Murphy, of Maidstone Road, London, has been charged with two counts of assault by beating of an emergency worker.
‘Murphy was arrested after two female paramedics were reportedly assaulted in the back of an ambulance van in Sun Street. They both sustained bruising.
‘Murphy was bailed and is next due to appear at Stevenage Magistrates Court on July 27’.