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Paramedic punched in face after being called to house in Meath

The man’s injuries were minor, but he was left shaken by the incident.

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A PARAMEDIC IN county Meath was attacked after being called to a house in Laytown last night.

The ambulance crew arrived at around 10pm. It is understood that while attending the incident, one of the paramedics was punched in the face in an unprovoked assault.

The paramedic was taken by his partner to Beaumont hospital for treatment. His injuries were minor, with some bruising to his cheekbone but he was left shaken by the attack.

“He wasn’t expecting it at all,” a source said. “It would have come as a big shock to him as it came out of nowhere.”

They said these kinds of incidents highlight the need for specific sentencing for offenders who assault emergency personnel – something organisations representing these workers have been calling for for years.

“It would act as a deterrent at least – they never know what they’re walking into.”

The National Ambulance Service confirmed a staff member was assaulted last night while attending an incident and that the control room requested the assistance of gardaí at the scene.

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