Thieves on mopeds mounted a crowded pavement in the West End to steal a phone out of the hand of a London Ambulance Service cycle paramedic while she was on duty.
Katherine McKenna, 32, was about to respond to an emergency call – an elderly man who had fallen down stairs – when she was attacked in Store Street.
She 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.”
Katherine was not hurt in the attack, which happened at 6.15pm on 25 July. But as a paramedic she has treated many victims who have been seriously injured by moped muggers.
She said: “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.”
Katherine was attacked by three muggers on two mopeds – they all wore helmets with black visors covering their faces.
Katherine was determined to return to work the day after she was mugged.
She said: “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.”