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Townsville woman who allegedly slapped paramedic in the head charged with assault

A woman has been charged with the assault of a paramedic in north Queensland.

The woman was being treated for injuries by paramedics and was about to be transported to hospital just after midnight on Saturday morning, a police spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.

Before she could be driven to receive further treatment the woman allegedly slapped a 58-year-old male paramedic across the head.

Police are investigating yet another alleged assault of a paramedic, this time in Townsville in Queensland’s north (stock image)

The paramedic was not seriously injured in the alleged assault.

The woman, 21, who was allegedly intoxicated, was arrested by police outside The Ville casino.

She was charged with serious assault of a public officer and public nuisance and will face court at a later date.

District Duty Officer Senior Sergeant Darren Randall told the Townsville Bulletin would maintain ‘zero tolerance’ for people who attacked emergency service responders.

It follows a spate of attacks on paramedics across Australia earlier this year.

Melbourne paramedic Stacey Heaney penned an emotional letter in May calling for stronger laws to protect emergency services workers.

She shared her story of being ambushed by a knife-wielding man.

The woman was arrested outside The Ville Resort Casino (pictured) in Townsville

The woman was arrested outside The Ville Resort Casino (pictured) in Townsville

These messages on ambulances vehicles prompted the Victorian government to pass tough new laws in June

These messages on ambulances vehicles prompted the Victorian government to pass tough new laws in June

‘We parked our truck and began walking towards the patient when a bystander frantically ran down the street screaming “it’s a trap leave now they attack emergency services all the time!! They have a knife!’ Ms Heaney wrote.

‘At that point the patient jumped up and started charging us trying to punch me in the face.’ 

Ms Heaney claims the man was never charged because the paramedics were not hurt. 

Around the same time, ambulance vehicles in Victoria were plastered with protest graffiti by angry paramedics in response to the spate of alleged attacks.

The messages written on Victorian ambulances earlier this year after a spate of alleged attacks

The messages written on Victorian ambulances earlier this year after a spate of alleged attacks

Fair Go paramedic posted photos of ambulance vehicles displaying the message in pink and white writing: ‘It’s not OK to assault paramedics’, while a #itsneverok hashtag went viral on social media.

It prompted the Victorian government to pass tough new laws in June, where courts now have to impose a custodial sentence and can’t sentence anyone found guilty of attacking emergency workers to a community correction order or other non-custodial outcome.

The #itsneverok hashtag went viral on social media following a public campaign by Victorian paramedics

The #itsneverok hashtag went viral on social media following a public campaign by Victorian paramedics

 

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