Patient jailed after assault on paramedics

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A THUG who attacked an ambulance crew with a pickaxe handle when they asked him to turn his TV down so they could treat him has been jailed for four months.

Stuart Noakes, aged 58, attacked the medics from East Midlands Ambulance Service as they went to his aid after he rang 999 to report a leg injury.

When the crew asked Noakes, of Portland Avenue, Bolsover, to turn his TV down, he became abusive and tried to hit the male paramedic over the head with a pickaxe handle.

Then he chased the medics from his home wielding the weapon and struck a blow to the male paramedic’s groin.

Noakes admitted assault, possessing an offensive weapon and using threatening behaviour at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court, following the incident on Saturday, September 2.

He was jailed for four months for the assault and given a six-month suspended jail term for possessing the weapon. He was also given a nine-month drug treatment order and a 12-month supervision order.

Noakes was ordered to pay the female victim £100 compensation and £200 to the man.

Sean Keown, EMAS local security management specialist, said: “The violence used against a crew attempting to provide medical assistance was unacceptable.

“We will not tolerate threats, abuse or physical violence towards our staff.

“We work closely with the police and Crown Prosecution Service to support cases against those who would abuse our staff as they go about their duties.”

Both crew members were shaken after the incident, but completed their shift.

The male crew member, said: “I’m glad I pressed charges and would encourage colleagues in similar situations to do the same thing.

“Nobody should put up with abuse.”