Swindon ambulance crew ‘attacked with knife and rammed by car’ on Christmas Day

A man has been arrested after an ambulance was allegedly driven in to and paramedics were attacked with a knife in Wiltshire on Christmas Day.

Emergency services were called to Morse Street in Swindon at 4.30pm after South Western Ambulance Service paramedics, who were responding to a medical incident at a property, “became fearful” for their own safety and sought sanctuary in their ambulance.

However, the ambulance is said to have then been driven in to.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of affray, criminal damage and drink driving and remains in custody at Gablecross police station, a statement from Wiltshire Police said.

Inspector Steve Love added: “It is a sad reality that while attending calls to protect the public that emergency service staff are put in situations where they fear for their own safety on a daily basis and Christmas Day is no exception unfortunately.

“Nobody should be made to feel in danger when trying to carry out their work, especially when that work involves protecting our communities.

“We will do all we can to protect emergency workers doing their job and urge the public to respect our officers and members of the ambulance service and fire service and to help us to help you.”

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