Tunstall woman fined after verbally abusing ambulance crew

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A Tunstall woman has been fined in court today following an incident on Sunday (February 18) involving verbal abuse towards an ambulance crew.

Kirsty Sharman, 26, from Tunstall, appeared at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme today.

Sharman was charged with a a Section 5 Public Order offence and breach of a restraining order, after she left an abusive note on an ambulance vehicle.

After pleading guilty to using threatening/abusive words to cause harassment, alarm or distress, she was ordered to pay £120, an additional £135 for costs and a £30 victim’s surcharge.

Chief Inspector John Owen, Commander for Stoke North Local Policing Team, said: “It is really important that public servants who are there to serve and help the community feel safe in their day to day duties.

“This type of behaviour cannot be tolerated, and I know my view is supported by 99% of our community.

“Paramedics are there to help those in absolute need, and for them to feel threatened or intimidated whilst potentially saving a life is just not acceptable.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We welcome the outcome of this unpleasant case.  We are pleased to see the press reports that the Magistrates felt that this was ‘an absolutely despicable incident’.

“We hope that this case will serve as a warning to others that abusing our staff is not acceptable.

“Our staff will only block roads or park in front of drives if absolutely necessary in the interests of patient care.  In this case, they were parked at the side of the road and were not blocking a driveway.

“We would like to thank the police for their support and swift action in this case, but also to the many thousands of people who have sent us messages of support for our staff and the incredible work that they do saving lives each day.”

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