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Man arrested after ambulance window smashed in Stoke-on-Trent

A man has been arrested in connection with an attack an ambulance in Stoke-on-Trent, while paramedics were treating a woman inside.

Responding to the incident, a West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A crew were treating a woman in the back of an ambulance in Macdonald Crescent, Meir at just before midnight (Tuesday night) when a man attacked the ambulance.

“During the incident, the side window of the ambulance was smashed.

"The ambulance crew were able to press their panic buttons and drive off from the scene. Officers from Staffordshire Police arrived very quickly and arrested a man.

“The patient and the crew were both shaken but unhurt.

“A second ambulance and paramedic officers were sent to the scene. The patient was transferred to the second ambulance for continued care.  Officers provided support to the crew.

“The damaged vehicle has had to be taken off the road for repairs.

“Any attack on ambulance staff, our vehicles and our patients is completely unacceptable. 

"We will be working with Staffordshire Police to assist their investigation and will provide the CCTV from the vehicle. 

"The Trust will always push for action to be taken in such circumstances.”

Police have confirmed a 19 year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

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