Paramedic attacked while treating a patient in Neasden

A man has been arrested after a paramedic was violently attacked while treating a patient in Neasden yesterday afternoon.

The medic was grabbed by his throat and pushed by a passer-by as he cared for the patient who had chest pains on the North Circular Road (A406).

The victim feared he would be pushed into traffic and run over.

He was saved by his colleagues who arrived in a second ambulance and were able to call for help.

The man was later held by police.

The assault was the fifth reported attack in four days on ambulance crews in the capital.

Jason Killens, director of operations at London Ambulance Service, said: “Attacking my ambulance crews as they go about saving lives in the capital will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

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“Medics are already under a great deal of pressure. It is completely unacceptable that they should also face the risk of assault when they go to assist members of the public.”