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Ambulance workers call for tougher sentences for attacks on emergency service staff

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Ambulance workers and A&E staff from across the region are going to Westminster today, calling for tougher sentences for those who attack them.

In 2015/16 there were more than 600 assaults on Yorkshire Ambulance Service employees.

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assaults on Yorkshire Ambulance Service employees in 2015/16.

Leeds paramedic, Richard Bentley, has been spat at, head-butted and bitten whilst working for the ambulance service.

The Leeds paramedic is backing the campaign to double the maximum sentence for common assault.

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill will make it an aggravated offence to assault emergency service workers. It will increase the maximum sentence for common assault from six months to a year if staff are attacked whilst on duty.

As well as tougher sentences, the Bill would also force anyone who bites, spits at or attacks an emergency service worker to undergo blood and/or saliva tests.