Figures uncovered by Sutton Liberal Democrats have revealed that local ambulance staff were assaulted 30 times in the year till August. Council leader Ruth Dombey called these figures “utterly unacceptable” and urged ministers to bring forward tougher sentences as soon as possible. The 30 incidents, from August 2019 to August 2020, include 11 incidents by physical blow, 4 incidents by grabbing or touching, and 3 incidents by spitting.
There were also 9 incidents of directed verbal abuse, 1 incident of anti-social behaviour, and 3 incidents of threat of violence.
The figures relate to London Ambulance Service staff based out of Sutton’s two ambulance stations.
Potential legislation on tougher sentences is not expected to be brought forward until sometime next year.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat leader of the Council, Ruth Dombey said:
“Any abuse or assault of our emergency workers is simply abhorrent, even more so during the current pandemic when these very workers are on the frontline of beating back the coronavirus.
“These 30 assaults against Sutton’s ambulance staff are utterly unacceptable. Of course we mustn’t forget our police officers, prison officers, NHS workers, or firefighters. We need ministers to bring forward tougher sentences as soon as possible to deter such behaviour.”