Belfast Telegraph

Man charged after threatening ambulance crew with fake firearm

A man has been arrested and charged after threatening an ambulance crew with an imitation firearm.

The ambulance crew was responding to reports of a sudden death in the Montgomery Road area of east Belfast at around 8pm on Thursday, November 16.

On arrival at the scene, the crew discovered the call was bogus. At the property they were met by a man and a woman.

A short time after their arrival the male left the premises and returned brandishing an imitation firearm.

A crew member was able to disarm the man and called for assistance from the PSNI.

The assailant was disarmed and arrested, while the crew member who tackled him suffered a back injury.

In a statement, a spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said: "This is the latest in a series of incidents involving attacks, or threats of attack, on our crews and this particular one was a lot more sinister in nature with the call being bogus and an imitation firearm being produced.

"Given the circumstances involved in this incident, NIAS would reiterate its call that anyone involved in any type of assault on our crews should face the full rigours of the law, especially if they have been called to a scene under false pretences.

"Our staff are there to provide help to the helpless and to remove fear from the fearful and yet all too often they are being faced with situations which are becoming more serious in nature."

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