NI Ambulance Service want tougher sentences on those who assault paramedics

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service has again called for more action to be taken against those who assault paramedics, in the wake of such an attack in Derry.

Police had to be called by a crew in the Northland Street area of Derry on Sunday night, after a patient they were taking to Altnagelvin Hospital became violent.

The man threw a number of punches at the paramedics trying to treat him, a 44-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Ambulance Service personnel were subjected to 76 physical assaults and 159 verbal assaults between April 2010 and March 2011 in Northern Ireland.

John McPolland, spokesperson for The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said tougher sentences need to be handed out to anyone who attacks a member of the ambulance service: