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Paramedic calls for tougher sentences for those who attack them

Ambulance paramedics are calling for tougher sentences in court to deal with people who attack them. They say more defendants should be sent to jail as a deterrent.

Only this week a woman escaped with a small fine after punching an ambulance worker twice as he was trying to help her injured son. Keith Wilkinson reports.


Man 'extremely fortunate' to survive after car flips over

The car was completely destroyed Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Ambulances crews say a driver was 'extremely fortunate' not to have been seriously injured after his car flipped over.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received five 999 calls to the scene between the two slip roads on the southbound M6 at junction 7 on Tuesday afternoon.

The man driving managed to get out himself was taken by ambulance to hospital as a precaution after being checked by a paramedic.

Elderly woman anaesthetised following crash

The woman was anaesthetised at the scene Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

An elderly woman has suffered serious injuries after a collision with a small van in Birmingham.

It happened at about 10.40am yesterday near the junction of Silvercroft Avenue and Friary Road in the Handsworth area of the city.

Emergency services were on scene within four minutes of the call, including the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a trauma doctor on board.

The woman who had suffered very serious injuries. She was anaesthetised on scene and then taken by land ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where medics were awaiting her arrival.

The man driving the van was uninjured but shaken by the incident.

Window cleaner in critical condition after fall

The man had fallen approximately 12 feet from a ladder Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A window cleaner has suffered serious head injuries after a fall in Bloomsbury Street in the Nechells area of Birmingham, at about 12.40pm yesterday lunchtime.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the CARE Team doctor were sent to the scene.

When crews arrived they found the man had fallen approximately 12 feet from a ladder.

He had suffered a serious head injury and the doctor anaesthetised him at the scene before being taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

On arrival at hospital, the man was said to be in a critical condition.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman


Driver lucky to escape after crash

The scene of the crash Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Ambulance staff were left stunned after turning up at the scene of a crash to find a car that had suffered massive damage, yet the driver was unhurt.

The crash happened on Soho Way in Smethwick at about 11.10pm last night.

An ambulance was sent to the scene after three 999 calls.

When crews arrived they found a car that had been left in a ‘banana’ shape with the roof crushed down after rolling over and hitting a lamppost.

The man driving had somehow managed to get out of the vehicle and was walking about at the scene.

He was complaining of some back and chest pain but had no obvious injuries.

He refused immobilisation but was taken to Sandwell Hospital as a precaution.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman
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