Man who head butted a female emergency medical technician sentenced

3 February 2016 

A man who head butted an emergency medical technician and kicked a paramedic was sentenced to community service at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (28 January).

The crew were called to treat Gankhuyag Aldtangerel in Battersea on December 20 last year. He was under the influence of alcohol and violently assaulted them on the journey to hospital. He kicked paramedic Mark Cummings and then punched emergency medical technician Penny Robson in the neck and head butted her.

Last year, there were nearly 400 assaults on ambulance crews in London.

Penny Robson, an emergency medical technician for 13 years said: “This isn’t the first time I have been assaulted, but this is certainly the most severe type of aggression I have dealt with. It's such a shame, as I love providing care and assistance to Londoner’s when they need it."

Deputy Director of Operations Peter McKenna said: “Attacking our ambulance crews as they go about saving lives in the capital will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Our crews spend every day caring for Londoners and are already under a great deal of pressure. To have them treated this way is shameful. We will do everything we can to ensure that anyone who assaults our staff will be reprimanded.”

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Notes to editors

  • Last year, 394 London ambulance crew were assaulted (from January 2015 to December 2015).
  • On average one staff member is assaulted each day in London
  • We are the busiest Ambulance Service in the UK and receive around 1.9m emergency calls every year.

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