Man held after paramedics attacked over parking

A coach driver has been arrested after two paramedics were attacked in a row over parking as they treated a seriously ill elderly patient.

The paramedic and the emergency medical technician were reportedly pushed and threatened during the attack in Camberwell, south London, on Tuesday morning.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said they were shaken but did not suffer any serious injuries as a result of the assault.

"Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 09:09hrs on Tuesday, 14 November to reports that a crew member had been assaulted in Daneville Road, SE5," police said.

"Officers attended and arrested a 51-year-old man nearby on suspicion of common assault.

"He has been taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.

"The LAS crew member did not require medical assistance."

Southwark Police tweeted: "@Ldn–Ambulance called for urgent assistance to #SE5 for their crew being assaulted by a coach driver! The crew assaulted while treating a seriously ill patient! located and arrested by @MPSRTPC #Disgusting #Team999 ^462MD"

They said the crew were unable to finish their shift and were left shaken, but that there were no serious injuries.

The coach driver was later arrested in a nearby street.

A passer-by, Gavin Higgins, said the attacker had been driving a coach operated by Redwing.

He said he had given a statement to police.

Redwing declined to comment on the incident.

An Assaults on Emergency Service Workers Bill reaches committee stage on Wednesday 15 November.

London Ambulance Service chief executive, Garrett Emmerson, said he welcomes the Bill.

"On average, an ambulance crew is assaulted every day in London. And physical assaults are on the rise – up by over 21% last year," he said.

"It will never be ok to assault our staff and we will always push for the highest possible sentence.

"We are supporting the Bill because it calls for tougher punishments for anyone who attacks paramedics and other 999 staff."

The London Ambulance Service says there were 534 physical assaults reported on crews between April 2016 and March 2017 – a rise of 78 from the same period the year before.

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