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Police plea after youth attacks paramedic

The Larne, Carrick and Whiteabbey area was left without ambulance on Saturday night

Police have urged parents to keep their children safe after a young person drank a bottle of strong spirit and assaulted a paramedic in Co Antrim.

The incident happened in the Carrickfergus area on Saturday night.

Police said that residents in the Larne, Carrick and Whiteabbey area were left without their only ambulance while the injured paramedic was treated by colleagues.

Two police officers spent two hours dealing with the incident after receiving  a call from the ambulance service.

"It turned out a young person had drunk an entire bottle of strong spirits and wasn't feeling too good," a post on the PSNI Carrickfergus Facebook page said.

"The alcohol brought out their aggressive side, so having assaulted one paramedic we had no choice but to travel in the ambulance to ensure they didn't hurt anyone else or themselves."

Police said the paramedic waited for at least an hour before being treated.

"This meant that the only ambulance for Larne / Carrick / Whiteabbey was parked up at the hospital. In addition two police officers had spent over two hours dealing with one young person and therefore (were) unable to respond to any further incidents." 

The post added: "Please, parents, help us to keep your kids safe! Many of us are parents ourselves, but we can't play Mum & Dad to all the children of Mid & East Antrim."

Police in Carrickfergus are investigating the incident.

"We did get the details of the person who supplied this child with alcohol, we know where they bought it and at what time. We will be speaking to that person very soon", they said.

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