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Baseball bat attack on 999 medic in Leyland
6:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A trainee paramedic suffered a fractured skull after he was hit over the head with a baseball bat while responding to a 999 call, say police.
The injured man was rescued by his colleague, during the incident, described by an ambulance chief as “one of the worst cases I have come across in 30 years”.
Police said an ambulance responded to an emergency call, attending Hillbrook Road, Leyland at around 11.20pm on Sunday.
Officers said while in attendance, one of the ambulance crew, a trainee paramedic, was subjected to an attack which left him with a fractured skull and extensive bruising.
The paramedic was admitted to hospital because of his injuries. He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital in the ambulance in which he had arrived at the address.
Chief Inspector Ian Whitehead said: “This was a very serious assault on a paramedic who was simply trying to do his job. People in this position, public servants trying to help others, should never be subjected to this type of behaviour. They should not be in fear of doing their job.
“An investigation is under way and we are doing all we can to find the person responsible.”
North West Ambulance Service’s director of operations, Derek Cartwright, said: “I am absolutely appalled at this violent attack which has left a member of staff in hospital with a serious head injury.
“The attack launched on this individual could have easily have had a fatal outcome and I must offer my praise to his crew mate who acted quickly in getting her colleague out of danger and into hospital.
“Violence against ambulance crews will not be tolerated and we will be working closely with the police to ensure that the person responsible is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
Anybody with any information about the incident can contact police on 101.
l A 19-year-old man was due to appear at Ormskirk Magistrates Court as the Citizen went to press on Tuesday charged with grievous bodily harm with intent, affray, two counts of criminal damage and breaching bail conditions.