A paramedic had her phone snatched out of her hand by moped thieves while she was while she was responding to an emergency.
Cycle paramedic Katherine McKenna, 32, was about to respond to an emergency call where an elderly man had fallen down stairs when her mobile was swiped.
She was attacked by three muggers on two mopeds, all wearing helmets with black visors covering their faces, in London’s West End on July 25, while she was wearing her paramedic kit.
Luckily, she was not injured, and was determined to return to work the next day.
Katherine said: “I was really shocked.
“I could not believe that it happened and I was angry I couldn’t respond to the patient who needed my help.
“Sadly this type of attack is common.
“They are hurting people; they are putting other people in danger on the roads and pavements but they are also a danger to themselves.
“I have been called out to, and treated, youths who have had accidents on their mopeds.
“If I didn’t go back to work, they would win.
“I want to keep doing my job which is caring for and treating people in London.
“I don’t feel unsafe on my bike in London.
“Most of the time people are so friendly and appreciative of the job we do.”
Paul Cook, Operations General Manager at London Ambulance Service, added: “It is appalling for a paramedic to be targeted while on duty and we will work with the police to identify and prosecute those who did this.”
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