Two paramedics stabbed at property in Wolverhampton

Man arrested following incident that left medics in hospital

Tom Embury-Dennis@tomemburyd
Monday 06 July 2020 14:40
Man arrested following stabbing of two paramedics on Stephens Close
Man arrested following stabbing of two paramedics on Stephens Close

Two paramedics have been stabbed at a property in Wolverhampton, police say.

Officers said a man had been arrested after they were called to the incident on Stephens Close at around 12.15pm on Monday.

In a statement, West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) said the paramedics, who are being treated at a hospital, were checking on the welfare of a man when they were stabbed.

A WMAS spokesperson said: “Shortly after arrival, the crew used their emergency alert to say that they had been stabbed.

“Three additional ambulances, two Midlands Air Ambulances and the West Midlands Care Team attended the scene along with three paramedic officers.

“The two members of staff, both paramedics, have been treated at the scene by doctors and paramedics and have been taken to hospital for further treatment.

“A man who was Tasered by police officers at the scene has also been treated by ambulance staff.”

Anita Millard, 65, who lives next door, said a man lived alone at the property, and it had been his elderly mother who had first raised concerns for his welfare after he failed to answer the door.

She described how two paramedics arrived, along with two police officers, before they managed to gain entry by removing a door panel with a screwdriver borrowed from a neighbour.

She said: “The police asked the man’s mother to step back and then the girl paramedic went in, followed by the other medic.

“Then all I heard was a blood-curdling scream. He had two knives – I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Ms Millard, who has lived in the close for five years, added: “The male paramedic then came backwards out the house and he shouted into his radio ‘help, help, we’ve both been stabbed’.

“Then he pushed the female paramedic backwards towards the side gate, and away from it all.

“The guy was stood in the porch holding these knives. Then the police came in and shouted ‘Taser’ and then they tasered him.

“It was like something off the TV.”

Additional reporting by PA