A Nottinghamshire man has been handed a nine-month custodial sentence after pleading guilty to assaulting an EMAS paramedic.
Ashley Proctor, 32, from the St Ann’s area of Nottingham city, appeared before Nottingham Magistrates Court on Monday 1 August where he admitted to the offences.
George Reid, Lead Security Management Specialist at EMAS, said:
“We have a zero tolerance approach to any level of abuse or assault against our staff.
“Our staff work hard every day to deliver the best possible care to the public we serve. Actions like this make their job even harder and we will always take action where we can.
“The Crime and Security Management team supported the staff member through the process and worked with police and the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure the defendant received the appropriate punishment.”
At EMAS, we continue to support the #WorkWithoutFear campaign to help highlight the impact abuse has on NHS ambulance staff and to help prevent and reduce violence against them.
Every day last year, a staggering 32 ambulance staff were abused or attacked. One in five of those reported incidents of attacks and abuse were against ambulance crews and control room staff in the Midlands and East of England.
The biggest rise in attacks and abuse came in the initial period of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, when assaults jumped up by 23% compared with the year before.