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Armed man robs ambo of drugs

A man is on the loose after robbing an ambulance officer of drugs at knifepoint in Anakie.
A man is on the loose after robbing an ambulance officer of drugs at knifepoint in Anakie. David Nielsen

A MAN is on the loose with an unknown quantity of dangerous drugs, after holding up a female Gemfields station paramedic at knifepoint on Sunday.

The man, believed to be in his early 30s, produced a small steak knife and demanded the cache of drugs, after duping the paramedic into taking him inside the station by pretending he had a stomach ache.

She readily gave him the contents of her equipment bag.

Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey described the attack as " a terrible thing - especially when it is an attack on our emergency service officers, who spend their days saving lives and protecting the community".

"Our police officers, paramedics, firefighters, SES and volunteers deserve every protection we can offer them because at times they are faced with dangerous challenges," Mr Dempsey added.

Anakie Senior Constable Ted Thiel said there were no witnesses to the robbery.

"The officer was alone at the time at the station," Snr Const Thiel said.

"The man claimed to have a stomach ache.

"Then she took him to the ambulance bay to get some medication for the complaint and that is when he produced the knife and demanded drugs.

"She handed them over straight away and he decamped.

"The paramedic was not injured, but she was upset."

The station compound, which includes accommodation, has no separation between the house and main office.

It is believed there was another paramedic on site shortly before the incident.

The offender is described as being in his early 30s, Caucasian in appearance, about 180cm tall with a medium build and short crew cut hair.

He was wearing a black pullover, blue/grey track pants, joggers and black woollen gloves.

Anyone with information should phone Emerald police on 4983 8100, or Anakie police on 4985 4200 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

A survey released this week found teachers, police, doctors and nurses in rural and remote areas felt vulnerable to violence in the workplace, when alone in isolated settings.

A collaborative effort between the National Rural Doctors Association, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, the nursing federation, police and the Queensland Teachers Union, more than 600 teachers, health workers and police responded. The results showed there was an acceptance of a level of risk that came with rural and remote work conditions. Working long, unsociable hours and working alone were identified.


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