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Coronavirus: More than 1,600 physical assaults on UK ambulance workers have been recorded between January and July as the country battled the COVID-19 outbreak – the equivalent of more than seven attacks every day.

There has also been increase in the rate of sexual assaults on ambulance staff so far this year, as well as a rise in vandal attacks on ambulances and verbal abuse incidents against crews, a Sky News investigation has found.

Here, Sky News lists the responses from ambulance services following freedom of information requests asking for details of assaults on ambulance staff amid the coronavirus crisis.

East of England Ambulance Service

  • 157 physical assaults on ambulance workers
  • 40 sexual assaults
  • 230 verbal abuse incidents
  • No incidents involving weapons
  • Two vandal attacks on ambulances

London Ambulance Service

  • 355 physical assaults on ambulance workers
  • 17 sexual assaults on ambulance workers
  • 239 verbal abuse incidents
  • 16 incidents involving weapons including a baseball bat and a knife
  • Six vandal attacks on ambulances

East Midlands Ambulance Service

  • 208 physical assaults on ambulance workers
  • 19 sexual assaults
  • 297 verbal abuse incidents
  • 37 incidents involving weapons including firearms, knives, razor blades and scissors
  • Six vandal attacks on ambulances

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