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Two paramedics attacked by youths in Liverpool

Two paramedics were attacked by three youths while treating a patient in Liverpool.

The teenagers assaulted the man and woman next to an ambulance at the junction of East Prescot Road and Dinas Lane, Huyton, at 1520 BST on Saturday.

Both were taken to hospital for minor injuries and have been unable to return to work, the ambulance service said.

Police described it as a "deeply disturbing" incident and appealed for any witnesses to contact them.

They said they believed it was an "unprovoked" attack, and the youths did not appear to know the patient or paramedics.

This was an appalling attack on two members of our service who spend their working day committed to saving lives
Dave Kitchin, North West Ambulance Service

Det Sgt Haggerty said: "The treatment of emergency service staff in this way will not be tolerated in our communities and I would reassure local people that we are treating the matter very seriously."

The youths were described as white, aged 16 to 17, of slight build, and wearing black clothing and baseball caps.

Dave Kitchin, from the North West Ambulance Service, said: "This was an appalling attack on two members of our service who spend their working day committed to saving lives.

"The trust will not tolerate our staff being abused in this way.

"Both crew members are still unable to work due to their injuries and one may not be able to return to work for some time.

"As well as the mental and physical well-being of staff, this has an effect on our resources and we would like those involved to ask themselves who is going to come and help if a member of their own family needs emergency medical assistance?"

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