Attacks on paramedics are on the rise

THEY are our angels of mercy — but everyday our lifesaving paramedics are living under the threat of violence.Cases of attacks on ambulance crews are on course to make a rapid rise this year but the East Anglian Ambulance Trust have issued a warning that they will not stand for people assaulting their staff.

By Jessica Nicholls

THEY are our angels of mercy — but everyday our lifesaving paramedics are living under the threat of violence.

Cases of attacks on ambulance crews are on course to make a rapid rise this year but the East Anglian Ambulance Trust have issued a warning that they will not stand for people assaulting their staff.

Last year's figures between April 2001 and March 2002, saw 29 attacks within Suffolk, but between April and September this year, there have already been 23 reported violent incidents.

Nationally the situation has become so bad that only this week Bristol-based Avon Ambulance Service warned it will not pick up people who have a history of violence against its staff.

See tonight's Evening Star for full story…

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