Staffordshire Police have charged a woman for leaving an abusive note on an ambulance that was attending to a patient yesterday (February 18).
The incident took place in Tunstall around midday, when paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service were responding to a 999 call of a patient struggling with breathing difficulties.
When the crew returned to their vehicle, a note was left on the windscreen which said: “If this van is for anyone but number 14 then you have no right to be parked here. I couldn’t give a **** if the whole street collapsed now move your van from outside my house.”
Kirsty Sharman, 26, from Tunstall, is charged with a Section 5 Public Order offence and breach of a restraining order.
The incident was not initially reported to Staffordshire Police, but after seeing posts on Twitter, officers decided to take action.
Chief Inspector John Owen, Commander for Stoke North Local Policing Team, said: “We will not tolerate abuse or intimidation of our emergency services.
“This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will take “appropriate action against offenders.”
“The arrest relates to matters of verbal abuse that could constitute offences under the Public Order Act. This is not solely about the note.”
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “As a Trust we welcome Staffordshire Police’s swift response to this incident and the arrest of the woman. We will continue to work closely with the police to ensure the perpetrator feels the full weight of the law.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy towards people who abuse our staff whilst trying to help patients in their hour of need. It is completely unacceptable and it must stop.
“As the vast majority of the public will appreciate, in our line of work the patient must always come first and therefore the nature of the job means we do sometimes have to park over a driveway or block a vehicle in.
“If your loved one needed an ambulance, I’m sure you’d want an ambulance to park as close to them as possible to prevent a delay in their care.
“After previous notes were left on our ambulances last year, we’ve received unimaginable support from the public for which we are immensely grateful.
“Sadly, as this ambulance crew discovered yesterday, there are unfortunately still a handful of narrow-minded individuals who consider leaving vile abusive notes acceptable.”
Sharman will appear at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme tomorrow (February 20).
(Photo sourced by Staffordshire Police)