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Crew attending emergency call in Newport targeted by fireworks

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Police say they will take a zero-tolerance approach to anyone caught endangering the lives of emergency service crews after fireworks were thrown at an ambulance in Newport.

Paramedic Jason Harvey and emergency medical technician Nick Simons were at a patient's address on Commercial Road in the Pill area of the city at around 11pm on October 16 when a large number of fireworks were aimed at them. The Welsh Ambulance Service says fireworks were also set off towards them as they transferred the patient to the back of the ambulance and as they drove away to hospital.

I felt angry and frustrated as we were there to attend a job and you don’t expect to have fireworks thrown at you in the course of your work.

I’ve been in the army and I’ve been shot at and it was quite close to how that felt. I was very concerned for the patient and also for our crews.

– Jason Harvey, paramedic

The Welsh Ambulance Service Trust is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to contact Gwent Police.

Thankfully no-one was injured during this incident, but fireworks can be extremely dangerous and even a small amount of damage to the ambulance could have taken our crew off the road and prevented them from attending to people in need of urgent treatment.

– Tony Crandon, Welsh Ambulance Service Trust

Gwent Police says that while it appreciates people will be celebrating Halloween and Bonfire Night with fireworks, it will take a zero-tolerance approach to anyone putting crews' safety in danger.

Fireworks are dangerous and have to be used in a responsible and adult manner. This is not a game and your actions will have serious consequences.

The emergency services work long and hard to protect our communities and we will be taking a zero tolerance approach to anyone putting their safety in jeopardy.

We are still reviewing CCTV footage to identify others involved and we would like to urge any members of the public if they have information to contact us on 101 quoting log 553 16/10/16.

– Superintendent Glyn Fernquest, Gwent Police