Ambulance officer ambushed for drugs in Ham East

An ambulance officer was assaulted and robbed overnight in Hamilton East.

The female officer was on her way to a call when she was waved down by a man on Cameron Rd about 12.35am.

The man was seeking help for another man laying on the ground next to him.

While attending to the man on the ground, two other men joined the group.

They assaulted the officer and forced her into her ambulance, demanding drugs. 

While the men searched the ambulance, the victim alerted the St Johns operations room and then managed to escape.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Patterson of the Hamilton CIB said it was a sad day when an emergency service on the way to a genuine call has to react to a false alarm.

"These people have shown no respect for the service ambulance officers provide to our community," Mr Patterson said.

A forensic examination of the ambulance is taking place today.

Mr Patterson said he would like to hear from members of the public who were in the Clyde Street and Cameron Road areas at the time of the attack, or from anyone who may know those responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to ring the Hamilton Police station on (07) 8586200. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.