Paramedic attacked by drunk woman while responding to 999 call

A PARAMEDIC was hospitalised after being attacked by a drunk woman while responding to an emergency call.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service worker had been called with a colleague to an off-licence at the junction of Norman Road and London Road when she was attacked by a woman in the street at about 5.30pm yesterday (Thursday, November 21).

The paramedic was kicked and punched in the face. A male paramedic was also punched.

The female paramedic was taken to Conquest Hospital in St Leonards with a suspected fractured jaw.

A 31-year-old woman from Bexhill was arrested on suspicion of assault and being drunk and disorderly.

She was questioned before being released on bail until December 30 while officers carry out further inquiries.

Detective constable David Elcock said: “When our officers arrived the paramedic was in a great deal of pain because of the attack.

“We’d like to speak to anyone who may have seen the assault or the woman involved in the minutes before she struck the paramedic.”

Tim Fellows, the clinical operations manager at South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb), said: “This was a particularly nasty incident in which a female member of staff suffered an injury to her jaw which is likely to mean she is off work for a couple of weeks.

“We take any actual assault or threat of assault against our staff extremely seriously and will be working with Sussex Police to seek to take action against this individual.

“This member of staff had come to this person’s assistance but instead ended up being treated in hospital herself. It was a mindless act and this kind of behaviour will never be tolerated.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1160 of 21/11, email or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.