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Shotguns, snooker cues, sledgehammers: Full breakdown of attacks on ambulance workers

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More than 1,600 physical assaults on UK ambulance workers have been recorded between January and July as the country battled the COVID-19 outbreak – the equivalent of more than seven attacks every day.

There has also been increase in the rate of sexual assaults on ambulance staff so far this year, as well as a rise in vandal attacks on ambulances and verbal abuse incidents against crews, a Sky News investigation has found.

Here, Sky News lists the responses from ambulance services following freedom of information requests asking for details of assaults on ambulance staff amid the coronavirus crisis.

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East of England Ambulance Service

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  • 157 physical assaults on ambulance workers
  • 40 sexual assaults
  • 230 verbal abuse incidents
  • No incidents involving weapons
  • Two vandal attacks on ambulances
Image: Brenda Fox was assaulted while on duty in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, last year. Pic: Kerry Fox

East Midlands Ambulance Service

  • 208 physical assaults on ambulance workers
  • 19 sexual assaults
  • 297 verbal abuse incidents
  • 37 incidents involving weapons including firearms, knives, razor blades and scissors
  • Six vandal attacks on ambulances

London Ambulance Service

  • 355 physical assaults on ambulance workers
  • 17 sexual assaults on ambulance workers
  • 239 verbal abuse incidents
  • 16 incidents involving weapons including a baseball bat and a knife
  • Six vandal attacks on ambulances
Two ambulance workers were injured last month after being assaulted. Pic: West Midlands Ambulance Service
Image: Two ambulance workers were injured last month after being assaulted in Warwickshire. Pic: West Midlands Ambulance Service

North East Ambulance Service

  • 114 physical assaults on ambulance workers
  • Eight sexual assaults
  • 185 verbal abuse incidents
  • Three incidents involving weapons including a razor blade, a kitchen knife and a stun gun
  • Seven vandal attacks on ambulances

Northern Ireland Ambulance Service

  • 111 physical assaults on ambulance workers
  • 10 sexual assaults
  • 211 verbal abuse incidents
  • 14 incidents involving weapons against ambulance workers. The ambulance service did not provide an annual breakdown of the type of weapons used but said since 2018 they included a double-barrel shotgun, a gun, a crossbow, a Tomahawk axe, blades, a sledgehammer, a crowbar, a knuckle duster, scissors and a snooker cue
  • One vandal attack on an ambulance
A brick was thrown at an ambulance during an assault in Blyth, Northumberland in July. Pic: North East Ambulance Service
Image: A brick was thrown at an ambulance during an assault in Blyth, Northumberland, in July. Pic: North East Ambulance Service

North West Ambulance Service

  • 241 physical assaults on ambulance workers
  • 14 sexual assaults
  • 312 verbal abuse incidents
  • Three incidents involving weapons including a blade and sticks/clubs
  • Two vandal attacks on ambulances

Sky News did not receive a response from Scottish Ambulance Service.

South Central Ambulance Service

  • 129 physical assaults on ambulance workers
  • Seven sexual assaults
  • 98 verbal abuse incidents
  • Seven incidents involving weapons including a baseball bat and a knife
  • Two vandal attacks on ambulances (from April to July)
Paramedics Michael Hipgrave and Deena Evans were stabbed during a callout. Pic: West Midlands Ambulance Service
Image: Paramedics Michael Hipgrave and Deena Evans were stabbed during a callout in Wolverhampton. Pic: West Midlands Ambulance Service

South East Ambulance Service

  • 147 physical assaults on ambulance workers
  • 10 sexual assaults on ambulance workers
  • 130 verbal abuse incidents
  • The ambulance service did not reveal the number of incidents involving weapons, only saRead More – Source
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