Watch: Paramedics violently attacked in ambulance

Shocking footage released by emergency services in the East Midlands shows the moment a man violently attacks two paramedics in the back of an ambulance.

The assault happened in Nottingham on 27 January. Technician Heath Ismay and Ambulance Care Assistant Mark Maddy were attending a patient, Matthew Fealey, in Talbot Street after concerned passers-by called for an ambulance.

Once in the back of the ambulance, Fealey became aggressive and attacked crew, throwing punches and kicking, as can be seen in the video.

Police officers were on the scene within minutes after the paramedics called for assistance.

Matthew Fealey, 34, from Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales was arrested and charged with assault. He was given a 17-week prison sentence, suspended for 12-months at Nottingham Magistrates Court on 29 March.

Matthew Fealey, 34, from Methyr Tydfil was arrested and charged with assault. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Nottinghamshire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service released the footage as part of a campaign to highlight the 'unacceptable' attacks and assaults on the emergency services.

They say staff are regularly subjected to attacks including spitting, biting, verbal abuse and occasionally serious assaults.

East Midlands Ambulance Service reported 30 physical assaults between May 2018 and April 2019, 16 of people have been sent to court or cautioned.

Officers from Nottinghamshire Police have suffered 124 assaults in the same period.

Chris Sullivan, Nottinghamshire's Police chief constable said:

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said:

Both organisations are encouraging people to get behind the initiative by showing their support on social media.