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Four ambulance crews assaulted responding to Eleventh Night emergencies

The ambulance service came under attack on the Eleventh Night. (Niall Carson/PA)
The ambulance service came under attack on the Eleventh Night. (Niall Carson/PA)

Four ambulance crews were assaulted while responding to emergency calls on the Eleventh Night.

The Ambulance Service said it was a "very busy night" with staff handling 447 emergency calls, an increase of 21% for the same period last year.

"Unfortunately, in carrying out their duties, four crews were assaulted, which is completely unacceptable for both the personal injury caused and the disruption to ambulances available to respond," a spokesperson said.

NIAS Chief Executive Michael Bloomfield and Interim Director of Operations, Robert Sowney were out and about with crews on the Eleventh Night as well as spending time in the Control room supporting staff and were aware of the incidents of staff being assaulted.

Speaking on behalf of the senior management team Mr Bloomfield said staff had been "stretched to the limit".

"I want to express my sincere thanks, and those of the senior team, to them all for the commitment and dedication to duty which they have displayed tonight. I am aware that a number of our staff have been verbally or physically abused," he said.

"I share the anger of our staff that these assaults continue to occur. Our staff are there for one purpose only - and that is to keep people safe.

"I ask you to please help us over the remainder of the holiday weekend to ensure that they, themselves, are kept safe and protected from these assaults.”

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