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Rioters attack ambulance crews

10th August 2011

Ambulance crews have come under attack during the rioting and violent disorder in London.

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Youths threw missiles at ambulance crews as they tried to help people injured in the violence.

Across the capital 22 people were taken to hospital, with more treated by paramedics at the scene. Others are believed to have made their own way to the emergency departments.

London Ambulance Service director of operations Richard Webber said: “It was an incredibly challenging night for everyone involved, but all the staff working in our control room, support departments and on the frontline worked very professionally to help us reach patients as quickly as we could.

“On some occasions, this was made even more difficult as missiles were thrown at our vehicles and crews were threatened and intimidated while trying to care for people.

“We will be continuing to regularly review the situation across the capital in order to ensure that we can respond to calls while maintaining the safety of our staff.”

The violence and looting, which has now spread to other parts of the UK, began after police shot and killed Mark Duggan last Thursday.

In Birmingham, West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to 34 incidents related to the disturbances between 8.30pm and 3am with 13 patients were taken to hospitals across the city with injuries ranging including lacerations and bruising to the head, a dislocated knee, general cuts, bruising and swelling.

In Liverpool, North West Ambulance Service was on standby but despite reports of rioting and fires, nobody was taken to hospital.

 

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Article Information

Title: Rioters attack ambulance crews
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 19409
Date Added: 10th Aug 2011

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