ITV Tyne and Tees report:

A Freedom of Information request by ITV Tyne Tees revealed that over the past three years the North East Ambulance Service has paid out almost ninety thousand pounds to cover for staff who’ve taken time off work after being assaulted on duty.

Figures obtained show that

  • 170 ambulance crews have been assaulted on duty

  • 793 days have been lost due to staff being off work after being attacked

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.