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Suffolk man charged with racially abusing paramedic

A man has been charged with abusing a paramedic in Suffolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been charged with racially abusing a paramedic in Suffolk.

Ambulance bosses say they're supporting the staff involved in the incident in Lakenheath on Wednesday (May 16).

Leon Harris, 35, from Lakenheath, faces charges of racially aggravated harassment by words and using threatening or abusive words likely to cause harassment, alarm, or distress.

He was due to appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Friday (May 18).

It comes as the East of England Ambulance Trust continue their campaign encouraging members of the public to respect ambulance staff.

“Ambulance staff should not have to work in an environment where they fear assault or racial abuse when they are trying to care for the people of the east of England.

"It is entirely unacceptable that any member of the Trust, both on the frontline or anywhere else is subjected to abuse of any kind.”

– Robert Morton, EEAST Chief Executive

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Widow to sue NHS after fatal ambulance crash

Dr Michael Daly

A widow is suing the NHS for over £300,000 after her dentist husband was hit and killed by an ambulance in Essex.

Dr Michael Daly, 77, was struck by the wing mirror of the ambulance, which was on a blue light call, in Danbury in February 2016.

His life support machine was switched off four months later, after he contracted the MRSA bug and suffered a cardiac arrest.

Ambulance driver Faye Parson was cleared of causing death by careless driving by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court in July last year.

The mum-of-two said she was "absolutely gutted" by Dr Daly's death and the jury took just 48 minutes to acquit her.

Now, in a civil case, Dr Daly's widow, Roseline Daly, is suing East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust over the accident.

A writ issued at London's High Court states that she is seeking more than £300,000 in compensation.

Her lawyer, Jenny Kennedy, says in the writ that she is claiming for her "financial dependency" on Dr Daly and the "loss of his services as a loving husband."

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1,000 defibrillators delivered to shops, schools and libraries across the region

A thousand defibrillators have been delivered across the region by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) over the last three months. The trust launched the £800,000 pound scheme in January.

Example of a defibrillator kit Credit: ITV News Anglia

Since January the machines have been installed in village halls, shops, sports clubs, schools and libraries.

263 have been delivered in Norfolk, 195 in Essex, 180 in Suffolk, 175 in Cambridgeshire, 94 in Hertfordshire and 93 in Bedfordshire.

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