999 helper assaulted

A PARTYGOER has pleaded guilty to a charge of battery after attacking a female ambulance worker.

Jamie Maltby, 21, of Station Road, Long Eaton, admitted assaulting East Midlands Ambulance Service emergency care assistant, Carolyn Hanson in October 2010 when he appeared at South Derbyshire Magistrate’s Court last week.

He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months, a criminal record and has been ordered to pay £150 compensation to the victim.

An ambulance was called for Mr Maltby after he was found lying on the floor at a party.

Carolyn explained: “We arrived on scene, got him into our ambulance and put him into the recovery position.

“One of the tests we do involves taking a spot of blood from the patient’s finger and as I went to reach for his hand, he wrapped his arms around the trolley so I couldn’t do it.

“He then grabbed me off the ambulance chair I was sitting on and threw me down the ambulance.

“I landed on the vehicle wheel arch and injured my back.

“He ran off the ambulance and the police were called.

“I don’t know why he assaulted me when all I was doing was trying to help him, but it was clear that he’d decided he was going to get off the ambulance and it didn’t matter who was in the way.”

The emergency care assistant was forced to take time off work as a result of her injuries and was referred to a surgeon to see if she required hospital treatment.

Nick Arnold, EMAS Security Management Specialist said: “East Midlands Ambulance Service will not tolerate violence or abuse against our staff.

“We have a strong reputation for successfully prosecuting people who think nothing of assaulting our staff and we will continue to do so.

“Punishments have included fines and even imprisonment for attackers.”

Figures released by EMAS last week showed that between 2007 and 2010, 225 verbally aggressive incidents were reported in Derbyshire.

In the same three year period there have been 47 physical assaults

Alcohol and drugs were considered a possible factor in 122 of the recorded incidents.