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Paramedic 'grabbed by the throat' in North Circular attack

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A paramedic was grabbed by the throat by a passer-by while attending to a patient in north London, the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust has said.

In the fifth reported attack on ambulance crews in four days, the attacker challenged the paramedic about his parking before grabbing him.

The man had been responding to a patient with chest pains on Sunday when he was attacked on the North Circular.

An 18-year-old man was arrested and later charged with common assault.

According to figures from the trust, there is at least one attack a day on London ambulance crews.

Director of operations Jason Killens said: "Attacking my ambulance crews as they go about saving lives in the capital will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

"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."

The trust's figures show there were 582 reported assaults on staff in London and 749 cases of abuse in 2013.

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