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Ambulance service responds to long night of disturbances

London Ambulance Service staff were called to large numbers of incidents associated with the violent disturbances across the capital overnight.

A total of 22 patients were taken to hospital from the main scenes of the disorder, with more treated and not conveyed while others are likely to have made their own way to A&E departments.

The Service worked closely with the other emergency services and Director of Operations Richard Webber said: “It was an incredibly challenging night for everyone involved, but all the staff working in our control room, support departments and on the frontline worked very professionally to help us reach patients as quickly as we could.

“On some occasions, this was made even more difficult as missiles were thrown at our vehicles and crews were threatened and intimidated while trying to care for people.

“We will be continuing to regularly review the situation across the capital in order to ensure that we can respond to calls while maintaining the safety of our staff.”