Man arrested in Handsworth after smashing an ambulance window

West Midlands Police have arrested a man after he assaulted an ambulance crew as they tried to treat him.

The incident happened in Handsworth after a 999 call at just before 7am this morning (29/11).

The crew were chased into their ambulance and the man then proceeded to smash one of the windows with a weapon.

Smashed window on an Ambulance which has now been taken off the road for repairs
Image: West Midlands Ambulance Service

An officer from the Force Response Unit was assaulted during the arrest but thankfully the perpetrator is now in secure custody.

The ambulance is now off the road whilst repair work is carried out.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “Although physically unhurt, this must have been a terrifying ordeal for our staff. We will provide support for them going forwards, but this is something that simply should not happen.

“No one deserves to be assaulted, but our staff are there to help people in their hour of need; they are there to protect and save the lives of the public.”

Staffside Chair, Stuart Gardner added: “We will work with the Trust to push for charges to be brought against this individual and should he be convicted, we hope that the courts will use the full powers now in place through the new Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 to hand down a punishment that will not leave ambulance staff feeling let down.

“The public have made their feelings known about such cases and we hope the courts will take that on board.”