Woman Labelled ‘Despicable’ During Sentencing For Leaving Angry Note On Ambulance
A woman's note went viral for all the wrong reasons when a paramedic revealed it was nothing short of abusive. Look, no one likes it when someone parks in your driveway, but when it's an ambulance trying to save someone's life, you can probably wait until they're done.
Kirsty Sharman's note said: "If this van is for anyone but number 14 then you have no right to be parked here.
"I couldn't give a shit if the whole street collapsed. Now move your van from outside my house."
The officers were responding to a call for breathing difficulty at the weekend at Stoke-on-Trent. Police arrested the 26-year-old on suspicion of a Section 5 Public Order offence after verbally abusing emergency workers.
Sharman pleaded guilty at North Stafforshire Justice Centres and has been fined £120 along with being made to pay a victim surcharge of £30, and costs of £135.
Prosecutor Liz Ryder told the magistrate that Ms Sharman had 'ongoing difficulties' with her neighbours, which led to a restraining order being issued last month. The 26-year-old was also arrested for breaching that order, however that's been withdrawn in court.
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A photo of the note went viral after it was shared by paramedic Katie Tudor on Twitter with the caption: "So upset to be sent this by one of our crews this morning! Along with this note left on their ambulance, they received a load of verbal abuse!"
The accused's lawyer Hayley Keegan said her client had issued the 'most sincere apologies' and that she 'accepts the behaviour was completely unacceptable'.
But Magistrate Christopher Rushton was having none of it, saying: "This was an absolutely despicable incident.
"The fact it was directed at an ambulance crew providing a public service to a sick person. That crew should not be subject to actions such as these."
Commander for Stoke North Local Policing Team Chief Inspector John Owen told The Sentinel: "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 percent 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."
The Ambulance Service says they have a zero-tolerance approach to paramedic abuse and will ensure anyone who attacks an officer, verbally or physically, will be held accountable.
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