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A man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a paramedic in Londonderry

A man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a paramedic in Londonderry

A man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a paramedic in Londonderry

A man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a paramedic in Londonderry.

The suspect, 44, was detained following an incident on the Northland Road on Sunday night. Officers were called to reports that a man had become violent towards ambulance staff who were assisting him.

He was detained for assault, attempted criminal damage and assault on police.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) condemned the attack.

A spokesman said an ambulance was despatched after a man collapsed on Hawthorne Terrace. On the way to hospital the patient was said to become aggressive and tried to punch the paramedic. The crew was not seriously injured.

"The crew felt sufficiently threatened to call for the PSNI who arrived on the scene to restrain the patient and arrest him on suspicion of common assault and attempted criminal damage," the spokesman said.

"NIAS condemns this latest attack on ambulance crews and once again calls for the strongest possible action to be taken against those who see fit to assault those members of our staff who are only there to provide medical aid to those who are in need."

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