Ambulance crew assaulted by patient on 999 call

An ambulance
An ambulance

Ambulance crew responding to a medical emergency in Larne have been assaulted by a patient.

A statement from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said the incident happened to crew responding to an emergency on Tuesday 28 November.

"On arrival, the crew were confronted by a patient who proceeded to kick a crew member," said a NIAS member. "Following this assault, the crew continued to transport the patient to hospital for further treatment.

"En route to the hospital, the patient continuously behaved in an aggressive manner, including verbal and physical assaults on staff and attempting to damage lifesaving equipment.

"PSNI were called and arrived at the scene to arrest the patient for assault, attempted criminal damage and disorderly behaviour."

The statement added this was the crew’s first call of the night, and they "continued to work the remainder of their shift despite this violent incident".