OAP dies after yobs block ambulance

#1
26/ 7/2007

A PENSIONER died of a heart attack after yobs pelted paramedics with stones and blocked the path of their ambulance as they treated him.

Norman Bell, 84, collapsed while bowling at St Oswald's Catholic Social Club in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan.

His friends dialled 999 but while paramedics were treating him, three youths blocked their exit on Council Avenue with a motorbike.

Sickeningly, the yobs then hurled stones at the mercy crew, shouted abuse and banged on the side of the ambulance.

Paramedics resuscitated Mr Bell but he died hours later in hospital after failing to regain consciousness.

Shocked eyewitnesses said the five-minute delay could have proved crucial. At one point the paramedics were forced to flee for their own safety.

Today Mr Bell's devastated family hit out at the `reckless and unthinking' gang.

His son Peter, 54, headmaster of a primary school in Leeds, said: "This is extremely distressing for us.

"How could anyone be so reckless and unthinking? There has to be a possibility my father would have survived if he had got to hospital a few minutes earlier, which would mean these teenagers contributed to his death. That is going to be hard to come to terms with."

Widower Mr Bell, a retired engineer from Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, was a reservist fire warden during the Second World War and played for Wigan rugby league club in the 1940s.

His partner Irene Harris, 85, said: "It's absolutely terrible. Even if they didn't realise how ill he was, what were they thinking?"

One eyewitness, who asked not to be named, said paramedics pleaded with the gang to move the bike.

He said: "The yobs were assaulting the paramedics, shouting and swearing, while they were trying to treat the man. They put a motorbike in front of the ambulance so it couldn't get out of the narrow entrance, obstructing the path, and throwing stones. This held them up for at least five minutes.

"I was absolutely appalled. These minutes could have been the difference between life and death."

Police are investigating.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1012/1012143_yobs_block_ambulance.html
Absolutely sickening. :x
 
#2
For once in total agreement with TAZ, what a bunch of CNUTS :x
 
#4
as usual we will have all the comments of sickening and terrible blah blah but is anyone surprised at all?? this country is rife with ferile and chav scrotes . not quite sure what the answer to it all is but a swift tw at round the ear by some one in authority as well as a decent justice system to put them off attacking the local emergency services might help a tad. As a youngster i was a bit naughty to say the least but after a few visits off the local dibble and a few threats off them i certainatly changed my ways . anyone who has read "wasting police time" by david copperfield will see what is happening to this country with its nampy pampy answer to criminal and anti social activity. Bring back conscription haha
 
#7
Taz_786 said:
I've never heard of an ambulance being physically obstructed before, with a resulting fatality.

This is a new low.
When we did OP Fresco in Sheffield we had CNUTS trying to ambush the police and Green Goddesses with stones whilst on the way to 999 calls. A few frustrated squaddies did retaliate at times while the police (werent looking)
 
#9
Got to say, this is a new low. I have been aware for some time that Fire engines get blocked in some cities, and attacked, but this is the forst I've heard of ambulances being blocked. Atrocious. I hate the youth of today, and I'm 19...
 
#11
absolutely disgraceful. those responsible need to be severely dealt with although the courts will be as soft as usual. the ambulance crew should have just drove straight at the motorbike and wrecked it. worry about the consequences later if there was to be any. might have made the cnuts think again before repeating this event
 
#12
Hobbs did a study on violence in the Health Service in the mid 1980's and violence against ambulance crews was one of the most high risk areas. A member of the health service in 1984 was 20 times more likely to be assaulted than a member of the public according to his research.
It is quite rare however for someone they are treating to die as a result though.
BTW although not new, its fcking disgusting
 
#14
This story sickens and worries me. Even in the worst "ghettos" in the states, I doubt if an ambulance would be attacked.

A friend of mine who's been caught up in the flooding told me earlier in the week that chavs in Gloucestershire were vandalising the water bowsers and letting the water out (as in, vandalising for kicks... Not even so they could steal the water).

I don't know what should be done. The police have their hands tied and most of the ones around here are pathetically scrawny or 5 foot nothing girls anyway.

Sh*t. Isn't it?
 
#15
They all need a good thrashing with the Birch. SCUM.
 
#16
Taz_786 said:
I've never heard of an ambulance being physically obstructed before, with a resulting fatality.

This is a new low.
A bit pedantic, but .......with the exception of the Hungerford Massacre, during which Michael Ryan (IIRC) shot the ambulance crew ..... and there were several fatalities.
 
#17
jimbojetset said:
Hobbs did a study on violence in the Health Service in the mid 1980's and violence against ambulance crews was one of the most high risk areas. A member of the health service in 1984 was 20 times more likely to be assaulted than a member of the public according to his research.
It is quite rare however for someone they are treating to die as a result though.
BTW although not new, its fcking disgusting
I think it is new. Violence against ambulance crews is high, I expect, because they attend volatile situations such as bar fights. They deal with a lot of people who are drunk or on drugs.

This story involves an ambulance on an emergency call being deliberately blocked off and assaulted. It's reminiscent of Northern Ireland, without motive.
 
#18
TopBadger said:
Shocking... makes me want to mount a GPMG to ambulance and drive around Wigan.

TB
How about a Q-ambulance? :twisted:
 
#19
Ex_ex said:
TopBadger said:
Shocking... makes me want to mount a GPMG to ambulance and drive around Wigan.

TB
How about a Q-ambulance? :twisted:
What if Each Hospital is allocated an emergency CHAV alert team of ex squaddies who are on standby. As soon as ambulance is called out the team prep their baseball bats and knuckle dusters in case of a call out. hey could be transported in a specialist helicopter that can either net a CHAV or track them on the ground if they try and escape.

Just thinking of my resettlement courses really. :wink:
 
#20
RFUK said:
jimbojetset said:
Hobbs did a study on violence in the Health Service in the mid 1980's and violence against ambulance crews was one of the most high risk areas. A member of the health service in 1984 was 20 times more likely to be assaulted than a member of the public according to his research.
It is quite rare however for someone they are treating to die as a result though.
BTW although not new, its fcking disgusting
I think it is new. Violence against ambulance crews is high, I expect, because they attend volatile situations such as bar fights. They deal with a lot of people who are drunk or on drugs.
This story involves an ambulance on an emergency call being deliberately blocked off and assaulted. It's reminiscent of Northern Ireland, without motive.
That is one of the conclusions he came up with, along with the fact that during a fight when people in vehicles with blue flashing lights arrive, people assume police and therefore they think that may have been a factor. There used to be cases of people dialling 999 so they could get the stab vests off ambulance crews when they arrived at the scene.
 

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