A 29-year-old thug is starting 12 months in prison after being convicted of assaulting a paramedic.
He was also ordered to pay a ‘surcharge’ of £156 after launching his unprovoked attack on the emergency ambulance crew.
As well as repeatedly punching one of the life-saving paramedics, the thug also became verbally abusive and aggressive towards the second paramedic.
Luke Wilson, of West Street, Scunthorpe, pleaded guilty to two counts of Assault of an Emergency Worker at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 8 October 2020.
Wilson also pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article in a public area.
The court heard how the ambulance crew was called to a children’s play area in Scunthorpe on Wednesday 12 August, after a group of concerned children spotted Wilson lying in the play area.
Wilson became aggressive after the two paramedics arrived at the scene and helped him to get up onto his feet.
The two emergency workers started to back away from Wilson as he began to swing his arms towards them and began to shout abuse.
He also punched one of the paramedics in the wrist when they tried to use their radio to request back-up.
EMAS Paramedic, Kevin Martin, who was responding with his colleague from Scunthorpe Ambulance Station, said:
“When we arrived at the scene, we could tell that the man was conscious and breathing, but it looked like he was intoxicated, so we proceeded with caution.
“I am glad that these young children who phoned for an ambulance had decided not to approach this man as I dread to think how he would have behaved given the way he reacted to us.
“When we returned to the ambulance, I pushed the ‘red button’ which sends out an alert to all my colleagues in the area that we were in distress and needed immediate help.
“We could not continue to respond to other patients who may have needed us while we were dealing with this patient’s violent behaviour and then because we needed to help the police with their enquiries.”
“I have worked for the ambulance service for just under 30 years and this is the second time I have experienced a serious assault like this in only a matter of months.”
A few months before this incident, another patient had pulled out a machete on Kevin and threatened him.
Kelvin Langford, Local Security Management Specialist at EMAS, said:
“Assaults on our staff are absolutely unacceptable, and we take a zero-tolerance approach towards anyone who verbally or physically assaults them.
“Our frontline colleagues, as well as our team in our 999-control room, are here to help people, not to be assaulted, and they deserve to be treated with respect.
“We will continue to support any of our colleagues who are assaulted on the frontline while trying to help others and to work with the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute those who abuse our colleagues.”
This latest assault is reflective of a worrying trend that has seen members of the emergency services seriously assaulted in the line of duty.
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