A MAN and a woman both aged in their 50s have been arrested and charged after two ambulance officers were attacked in separate incidents south of Sydney.
A female paramedic was punched in the face by a man she had gone to help following an incident in Wollongong on Tuesday night.
The man, 53, was on a mobility scooter, travelling along Crown Street when he crashed into a wall and fell from the vehicle, police said.
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Members of the public including two NSW Ambulance paramedics who were nearby rushed to the man’s aid.
While loading the man into their ambulance, however, it’s alleged he lashed out and punched the female paramedic in the face.
Following inquiries, the man was today issued with a Court Attendance Notice for common assault.
He is due to appear in Wollongong Local Court on May 21.
In a separate incident last night, a male paramedic was allegedly attacked by a woman on the Princes Highway at Fair Meadow.
It’s alleged the 57-year-old Balgownie woman allegedly began arguing with the male paramedic before assaulting him.
She was arrested at the scene and taken to Wollongong Police Station where she too was charged with common assault.
The woman was remanded in custody overnight and appeared in Wollongong Local Court today where she was released on bail.
She is due to reappear in the same court on Monday, April 29.
Wollongong Police District Commander, Superintendent Chris Craner, condemned the violence.
“Emergency service workers are there, day after day, to assist members of the public and provide necessary assistance,” Supt Craner said.
“We understand that we come into people’s lives when they are at their most vulnerable, but violence, threats and intimidation against these workers are never tolerated.
“Any anti-social behaviour will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately by police.”
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.