Woman fined for abusing ambulance crew attending medical emergency

A Stoke-on-Trent woman has been fined following an incident on Sunday (Feb 18) where paramedics from the West Midlands Ambulance Service were subjected to verbal abuse whilst they attended a medical emergency.

Kirsty Sharman, aged 26, from Tunstall, appeared at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme today (Feb 20) and was fined £120 after pleading guilty to using threatening/abusive words to cause harassment, alarm or distress (Section 5 Public Order Act).
In addition, Sharman has to pay £135 costs and £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 per cent  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.”