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Man arrested for attacking paramedics who were trying to treat him

Credit: WMAS

A man who assaulted the paramedics who were trying to treat has been arrested.

West Midlands Ambulance Service say they were called to an incident in Handsworth just before 7am this morning (Thursday).

On arrival the crew were chased back into their ambulance, which then had a window smashed.

The Force Response Unit from West Midlands Police tweeted to say that one of their officers was assaulted during the arrest.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “Although physically unhurt, this must have been a terrifying ordeal for our staff. We will provide support for them going forwards, but this is something that simply should not happen.

“No one deserves to be assaulted, but our staff are there to help people in their hour of need; they are there to protect and save the lives of the public.”

Staffside Chair, Stuart Gardner added: “We will work with the Trust to push for charges to be brought against this individual and should he be convicted, we hope that the courts will use the full powers now in place through the new Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 to hand down a punishment that will not leave ambulance staff feeling let down.

“The public have made their feelings known about such cases and we hope the courts will take that on board.”