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Paramedic knocked down by car thief

A paramedic was knocked down by a thief who stole his car and drove at him as the emergency worker was tending to road crash victims.

The unnamed medic who works for the Northwest Ambulance Service was helping at the scene of a crash in Birkenhead, Merseyside, at 10.40am on July 28.

Seeing the thief get into his Audi RS4 the paramedic stood in front of it to try to stop the man driving off.

But the thief accelerated at him and away from the junction of Woodchurch Road and Balls Road East.

The paramedic was hit by the corner of the bonnet and the offside wing mirror and fell into the road. He was left with grazing to his left elbow.

The Audi was later recovered with all its contents but without its keys near the Shrewsbury Arms pub in Oxton Village.

Detective Constable Sarah Casement said: "An attack such as this, on a paramedic who was helping an other at the scene of a traffic collision, is despicable. Incidents such as this are taken very seriously and I would appeal to the public for their help in catching whoever was responsible for this crime.

"Thankfully the car was recovered with all of its contents, however it has meant that it was off the road for a couple of days, while its locks were changed."

Director of Emergency Services at North West Ambulance Service, Derek Cartwright, said: "I am at loss to understand the reason behind mindless actions such as this, against a Service which exists purely to help people."

Officers are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or saw the car being driven or dumped in the Oxton village area, to come forward and contact police on 0151 7772265 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


From Belfast Telegraph