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Paramedic assaulted during bus call-out

By James Vukmirovic | Birmingham | Crime | Published:

A man has been detained after lashing out at a paramedic on a bus.

The assault took place outside Hobgoblin Music on Priory Queensway. Pic: Google Street View

The paramedic was part of a crew which had been called to reports of a patient in cardiac arrest on the top floor of a double decker bus on Priory Queensway in Birmingham.

The crews in a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance arrived at the scene outside Hobgoblin Music and found a man unconscious.

As the crews tried to treat him, the 30-year-old man came to and lashed out at a male paramedic.

The crew had to restrain the patient until the police arrived, with the man subsequently being assessed at the scene before being taken into custody by West Midlands Police.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance said: "We were called to reports of a patient in cardiac arrest on the top floor of a double decker bus that was outside Hobgoblin Music on Priory Queensway, Birmingham at 9.06pm on Tuesday evening.

"A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance were on scene within four minutes.

"On arrival they found a man who was unconscious.

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"As they tried to treat him, he came round and lashed out at one of the paramedics.

"Thankfully the male paramedic was not hurt.

"The crew had to restrain the patient until police arrived shortly afterwards.

"The man was assessed at the scene but was discharged into the custody of West Midlands Police."

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A West Midlands Police spokesperson added: "We were called to a bus on Priory Queensway, Birmingham, just before 9.20pm last night after two paramedics were assaulted.

"The ambulance crew were trying to treat an unconscious man, but he lashed out and attacked them. Thankfully they only suffered minor injuries.

"When our officers arrived they arrested the man on suspicion of two counts of assault. The 30-year-old remains in police custody and will be questioned today."

James Vukmirovic

By James Vukmirovic
Community Reporter - @jamesvukmirovic

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, helping under-represented communities to find a voice in Wolverhampton. Contact me at james.vukmirovic@expressandstar.co.uk.

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