Fife homes on 999 blacklist

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THERE are 68 addresses in Fife blacklisted by the Scottish Ambulance Service - meaning paramedics won’t attend without police protection.

The figure was revealed following a freedom of information request by the Scottish Conservatives which found there were 593 addresses across the country which have been pinpointed because of previous attacks or threats on paramedics.

It means even in the most serious of emergencies, ambulance staff cannot enter the property unless police officers are present.

Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw MSP said it was “disgraceful”. and highlighted “a real problem with crime and disorder”.

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service explained the safety of its staff is “paramount”.

He added: “If any ambulance crews feel that their safety may be compromised, they are instructed to hold nearby the scene and await support from the police, or additional ambulance crews.”