Man attacked 999 crew

From the courts
From the courts

A MAN who attacked an ambulance crew with a pickaxe handle has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Stuart Noakes, 58, of Portland Avenue, Bolsover, lashed out at the male and female East Midlands Ambulance Service workers when they responded to his 999 call.

The crewmates asked Noakes to turn down the volume on his television so they could talk to him and provide treatment for a reported leg injury.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard Noakes became verbally abusive and then tried to hit the male paramedic over the head with the pickaxe handle.

He chased both crew members from his property wielding the weapon and struck a blow to the male paramedic’s groin.

Noakes pleaded guilty to assault, possessing an offensive weapon and breaching Section Four of the Public Order Act at Chesterfield magistrates’ court.

He has been handed a suspended sentence of six-month’s imprisonment for possession of the weapon. For each of the offences of assault and threatening behaviour he was committed to prison for four months, running concurrently.

He was ordered to pay the female victim £100 compensation and £200 to the male.