PERFORMANCE: London Ambulance Service staff took 22 people to hospital from the main areas of rioting in London last night, and sustained threats, intimidation, and missiles thrown at their vehicles, the trust reported.

Many more were treated but not conveyed, while others were likely to have made their own way to accident and emergency departments, according to a trust statement released this morning (9 August).

Operations director Richard Webber said: “It was an incredibly challenging night for everyone involved, but all the staff working in our control room, support departments and on the frontline worked very professionally to help us reach patients as quickly as we could.

“On some occasions, this was made even more difficult as missiles were thrown at our vehicles and crews were threatened and intimidated while trying to care for people.

“We will be continuing to regularly review the situation across the capital in order to ensure that we can respond to calls while maintaining the safety of our staff.”