Thieves on mopeds mounted a busy pavement to steal a phone out of the hand of a cycle paramedic on her way to an emergency.
Katherine McKenna, 32, of the London Ambulance Service was mugged by three suspects on two mopeds in Store Street, Bloomsbury, on July 25 at 6.20pm.
She was responding to an emergency call of a man who had fallen down some stairs.
The paramedic who has treated victims of moped attackers 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.”
The paramedic, who returned to work the day after, added: "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, said: “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.
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers or 101.”
The Metropolitan Police said no suspects have been identified and the investigation has closed although any further information will be reviewed.
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