Belfast Telegraph

Ambulance worker punched in the face and chest by patient during 999 call-out

By Laura Abernethy

A man has been arrested after two paramedics were attacked while responding to an emergency call in South Belfast.

One of the paramedics was punched in the face and chest and his female colleague was left badly shaken following the attack, which happened just after 3pm yesterday.

The ambulance was also damaged in incident and has been taken off the road for repairs.

The assault occurred inside the ambulance in the Finaghy Road North area.

The 17-year-old patient had reportedly requested for the ambulance to be sent out.

Police confirmed that he was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage  but was later released on street bail to return for a police interview at a later date.

Last month, a paramedic spoke out about how she feared for her life when a patient tried to throw her down a flight of stairs.

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