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Ambulance staff forced to 'lock themselves inside' to escape abuse

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Ambulance staff have been forced to lock themselves inside their vehicles to escape abusive patients, a meeting as heard, as body-worn cameras are rolled out to tackle rising reports of assaults.

This year, 334 cases of abuse have been reported by EEAST staff, including 95 incidents in July - three every day.

This included 33 cases of physical abuse and 62 verbal incidents and was an increase for the third month in a row.

Members of the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) board said at a meeting on Wednesday that the numbers of assaults were........

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