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Attacks on London frontline workers 'rife', says report

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Image caption More than 5,000 police officers were attacked while on duty in London

Nearly 30,000 London frontline workers have been attacked whilst on duty in the last three years, a Conservative party report has revealed.

This equates to about 190 attacks every week on workers including doctors, nurses, cabbies, the Greater London Authority (GLA) Conservatives said.

Such attacks were "shocking" and "rife", said Roger Evans, GLA Conservative crime spokesman.

He said wearable technology should be used more to help protect workers.

For the report, Freedom Of Information data was gathered from hospital trusts, emergency services, Transport for London (TfL) and government departments.

Figures for the last three years showed:

  • 4,017 London Ambulance Service frontline responders and paramedics were attacked
  • 5,160 police officers and 362 police community support officers were attacked while on duty in London
  • Attacks on London's firefighters rose from two incidents in 2011 to 32 incidents in 2013
  • 7,435 Tube staff suffered from physical or verbal abuse and threats
  • London had the highest number of violent incidents on members of rail staff - 3,719 in total
  • On average, five bus drivers are attacked every day in London
  • 480 London taxi or mini cab drivers were victims of violence

Mr Evans said: "We depend on the capital's frontline workers whether it's a medical emergency or getting us to work.

"Affordable wearable technology such as wearable panic buttons and body worn cameras will help bolster the security and protection of these essential workers."

A TfL spokesman said: "We take every assault on staff very seriously - our staff and passengers have the right to work and travel without fear of assault and we work with the police to ensure this."

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