Man, 52, appears in court after two paramedics stabbed during 999 call out in Wolverhampton

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A MAN has appeared in court after two paramedics were stabbed during a 999 call out in Wolverhampton.

Martyn Smith, 52, is accused  of two counts of wounding following the incident near his home on Stephens Close on Monday.

He appeared at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court today and was remanded in custody following a short hearing.

Smith Will next appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on August 5.

Deena Evans, 39, and Michael Hipgrave were knifed as they responded to a concern for welfare call.

Deena was stabbed in the chest and remains in hospital while Micheal has been released after surgery for knife wounds to his back.

A police statement said: “Martyn Smith is accused of stabbing the man and woman just after midday on Monday (6 July) as they visited his home in Stephens Close to conduct a safe and well check.

“The male paramedic has since been released from hospital having had surgery for cuts to his back.

“His female colleague suffered a knife wound to her chest and she remains in hospital in a stable condition.

“Unemployed Smith was charged last night with two counts of wounding.

“The 52-year-old was remanded in police custody and is set to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court today.”

The two paramedics had recently appeared on Inside the Ambulance together, filmed helping an elderly man, 71-year-old Frank, who was suffering chest pains.

Speaking to The Sun, Deena’s dad Richard Owen said: “It just seems like she was in the wrong place and the wrong time.”

Michael’s son Tom wrote on Twitter: “My dad was one of the paramedics stabbed in Wolverhampton.

“It’s awful you can’t be safe at work. Hope you get better dad.”

Daughter Jessica added: “Just my dad trying to do his job. Stop this world because I am so so ready to get off.

“Keep our dad and his colleague in your thoughts.”

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