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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


The heatwave leads to rise in ambulance calls

It's claimed the heatwave may have killed up to 760 people in England.

In this region temperatures have now remained in the high 20s for the past two weeks.

With the ambulance service in the East reporting a rise in calls and health warnings still in place from the Met Office, the vulnerable, very young and elderly are being advised to take extra care.

Jenny Line reports.

Phone stolen from ambulance

Police in Norwich have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the theft of a mobile phone from an ambulance.

It follows an incident on Monday 13 May when paramedics were called to an address in Latimer Road.

The ambulance was parked outside and as paramedics treated a patient a black Samsung Galaxy Ace mobile phone was stolen from a bag in the front cab.


MP investigates ambulance delays

Peter Aldous MP Credit: ITV Anglia

Waveney MP Peter Aldous says lengthy handover delays at hospitals is one of the main factors in causing ambulance response times to grow.Mr Aldous spent two evenings with crews from the Waveney depot recently.

He says another factor he discovered was the public calling out ambulances inappropriately when they should have simply been calling their doctors. An increase in demand due to the region's ageing population was another factor.

He has written to the East of England Ambulance Trust with his findings. He has asked for a meeting with the Trust to discuss the issues.