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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood writes crime and policing news and graduated Teesside Uni with a degree in Crime & Investigation.

An Ambulance crew and first responder paramedics attended a emergency 999 call reporting a 13-year-old having a cardiac arrest have been attacked by people living at the property.

Not only was the call fake emergency crews diverted from calls people suffering medical episodes but because a child was in a life threatening condition those ambulances were diverted and as soon as medics arrived they came under attack.

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Bricks, chairs, bricks, tables and glasses were thrown at the crews from the upstairs windows in Eastleigh, Hampshire, on Wednesday evening.

A rapid response car and ambulance were damaged during the violence and more crews had to be sent to the scene as back-up.

The first responders were left “extremely shaken”, according to the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Police were called by the service and got into the property, where it was confirmed the original cardiac arrest call had been a hoax.

The crew has hit out at those responsible for the violence and wasting valuable resources.

It said on Facebook on Wednesday: “It beggars belief what happened to our staff in Eastleigh earlier this evening.

“What makes this even worse is that all the staff and vehicles we sent were diverted from local people in genuine pain and distress with real illnesses, real injuries and real emergencies by our equally frustrated and appalled control room team.”

Hampshire Police said two teenage girls were arrested after the incident in Stranding Street on suspicion of “assault, cause of wasteful employment of police and use of threatening/abusive/insulting words/behaviour to cause harassment/alarm/distress”.

The force added that the girls remain in custody.

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