A PARAMEDIC was struck in the face in a callous attack near Brighton Palace Pier.

Police were called to the Aquarium roundabout shortly before 10pm yesterday after an ambulance crew in the area activated their emergency alarm.

Officers attended to find a female paramedic had suffered minor injuries after being hit in the face.

A spokesman for the South East Coast Ambulance Service said: "Violence against our staff will never be tolerated and we welcome the swift actions of the police in making the arrest."

Witnesses reported seeing a large emergency services response to the incident, with four police cars and four ambulances parked at the roundabout until about 10pm yesterday.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "A man was arrested after an ambulance paramedic was assaulted in Brighton.

"Police were called to the scene at the Aquarium roundabout at 9.43pm when the ambulance crew activated their emergency alarm.

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"A female paramedic suffered minor injuries after being struck in the face.

"Alex Hawley, 20, a contract cleaner, of Poynings Drive, Hove, has been charged with assault by beating of an emergency worker.

"He has been bailed to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on October 29."