Belfast Telegraph

Paramedics attacked while trying to give man first aid

By Rebecca Black

A man is to be interviewed by police after paramedics were set upon as they tried to help a man in Co Antrim.

The incident happened after an ambulance was called to an address in Carrickfergus on Boxing Day.

A male paramedic suffered a cut lip, his female partner sustained a back injury and a third paramedic was attacked after a second crew was requested for back-up.

The PSNI attended the scene but made no arrests.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said the night shift had just started when they received the call.

The first paramedics on the scene were treated in hospital and stood down for the rest of the shift, which the NIAS spokesman said left Carrickfergus with longer response times for calls.

"Ambulance staff should not have to put up with assaults of any sort and once again we have to ask that anyone who calls our crews treat them with the respect they deserve," the spokesman added.

A PSNI spokesman said: "We have received a complaint that ambulance staff were assaulted at Windmill Avenue in Carrickfergus at about 8pm on Saturday by a man they had been called to assist. Police later attended the scene. No arrests were made and the man was left in the care of relatives to be interviewed later."

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