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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:

No-one should ever be the victim of unlawful violence in any walk of life and officers, paramedics and staff are no different.

One assault on member of any blue light service, whether that be a person working for the fire, ambulance service or police, is one too many.

An assault of any kind should never be considered ‘part of the job’.

– Chris Sullivan Nottinghamshire's Police chief constable

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said:

Officers and paramedics regularly put thoughts of their own safety to one side to ensure the safety of members of the public and it is outrageous that all too often they are on the receiving end of physical and verbal abuse.

This should never be considered just part of the job. We need to send a clear message to those who assault officers and staff that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and action will be taken.

– Paddy Tipping Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner

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