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Ambulance smashed by teenager as paramedics treated woman inside

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Police have arrested a teenager after an ambulance was attacked while its paramedics treated a woman in the back of the vehicle.

Officers were called by the ambulance service to the incident around midnight in Macdonald Crescent, Stoke-on-Trent.

The side window of the vehicle was smashed in the incident and has been taken off the road while repairs are made.

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A 19-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent has been arrested.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said any attack on its vehicles, staff and patients is 'completely unacceptable'.

A crew were treating a woman in the back of an ambulance in Macdonald Crescent, Meir, around midnight (Tuesday/Wednesday night) when a man attacked the ambulance. "During the incident, the side window of the ambulance was smashed. "The ambulance crew were able to press their panic buttons and drive off from the scene. Officers from Staffordshire Police arrived very quickly and arrested a man. "The patient and the crew were both shaken but unhurt. A second ambulance and paramedic officers were sent to the scene. "The patient was transferred to the second ambulance for continued care. Officers provided support to the crew. "The damaged vehicle has had to be taken off the road for repairs. "Any attack on ambulance staff, our vehicles and our patients is completely unacceptable. "We will be working with Staffordshire Police to assist their investigation and will provide the CCTV from the vehicle. The Trust will always push for action to be taken in such circumstances."

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson