Australian paramedic 'bashed by teenage thugs' during charity ride for child cancer

The aftermath of the attack.
The aftermath of the attack. Photo credit: GoFundMe

An Australian paramedic was left with serious injuries after he was violently attacked during a charity bike ride.

Daniel Mansbridge was attacked on Friday when he was "shoulder charged" by a teenager before two other thugs viciously beat him on the ground in the New South Wales region of Illawarra, local media report.

He was seriously injured and will require an operation, reports the Illawarra Mercury. He's currently resting and recovering from his injuries.

According to a GoFundMe page, Mansbridge was competing in the charity ride to raise money for child cancer. The page has been set up to help Mansbridge raise those funds.

"We hope anyone who saw this or know the people will come forward," said Ambulance NSW duty operation manager for Illawarra Norm Rees.

"This is not good enough, we need these people charged," Rees told the Mercury.

Police labelled it a "disgraceful attack" and an investigation is continuing.

"For this to happen to any member of the public is totally outrageous," said Lake Illawarra Chief Inspector Brian Pedersen, quoted by local media.