Sunday 6th September – 11.00am– Claire Brown.
Paramedics on a 999 call had the side window of their ambulance ‘punched in’ as they pulled up to treat a patient in Shrewsbury in the early hours.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service crew pulled up in Castle Gates, Shrewsbury at 3.30am to treat a patient who had been assaulted. Before the crew had even got out of the vehicle, two people approached the ambulance and one punched the rear side window so hard that it smashed. The ambulance crew, who were thankfully unhurt, quickly left the scene and police were called.
Adrian Ball, Area Manager, said: “This is an incredibly disappointing case which means we have an ambulance off the road and unable to respond to 999 calls whilst it’s being repaired.
“Thankfully my staff weren’t hurt but they were understandably upset by the incident. The case was immediately reported to West Mercia Police who are now commencing an investigation.
“Ambulance staff are here to help people in an emergency. Attacking our staff and vehicles is an abhorrent crime which we take an incredibly dim view of.”
Photo: please credit West Midlands Ambulance Service