Police in Coleraine have charged a 26 year old man with assaulting an ambulance worker. He is due to appear at Coleraine MC on Monday 16th October. As is normal procedure the charge is reviewed by the PPS.
The charge is in relation to an assault in the Bridge Street area of Coleraine on the evening of Friday 13th October.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this afternoon Councillor William McCandless said
“The attack on a paramedic in Bridge St. on Fri. evening 13/10 is totally unacceptable.
Apparently the paramedic was taken to Causeway Hospital for treatment after suffering concussion.
Earlier this week a female paramedic was attacked in Omagh when she went to administer aid and also suffered a head injury. NIAS have advised that attacks on crews are averaging 5 per week.
These attacks have serious effects on the staff. They are not able to just casually dismiss these attacks and forget about them.with these statistics they must surely be fearful and apprehensive when they go out on duty.
This violent trend cannot be permitted to go unchecked. Paramedics have reported being verbally abused, spat at and pushed and the physical assaults they receive from some ungrateful patients when they are being treated are quite horrific.
This also affects our communities as an ambulance team may have to be ” stood down ” after an attack thereby causing loss of cover in an area.”