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Woman Accused Of Leaving Abusive Note On Ambulance Windscreen In Court Today

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Woman Accused Of Leaving Abusive Note On Ambulance Windscreen In Court Today

The British woman accused of leaving an abusive note for paramedics who were busy attending an emergency call will appear in court today.

Kirsty Sharman, 26, has been charged with a public order offence and breaching a restraining order for the note, which demanded the paramedics move their ambulance.

The note was left on an ambulance parked in a residents' bay while medics attended to a elderly person with breathing difficulties in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent.

Sharman is also accused of verbally abusing the medics while they were on the call-out.

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The note read: "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 collasped (sic). Now move your van from outside my house."

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The abuse was not initially reported to Staffordshire Police, who decided to take action after seeing the details of the incident doing the rounds on Twitter.

A photo of the note was originally circulated by West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic mentor Katie Tudor and quickly went viral, with many people reacting angrily to the story.

The offending note. Credit: WMAS/SWNS.com
The offending note. Credit: WMAS/SWNS.com

"So upset to be sent this by one of our crews this morning!" Katie captioned the photo. "Along with this note left on their ambulance, they received a load of verbal abuse!"

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Tudor confirmed that the ambulance had been parked in a resident space and had not been blocking the road, yet paramedics had 'obviously' annoyed the resident by being outside their house.

Tudor added that abuse such as this was sadly 'becoming a regular occurrence' for paramedics and asked if anything could be done to tackle the problem.

Assistant chief constable of Staffordshire Police Nick Adderley, replied saying: "Sadly we have to 'tolerate' those in society who only ever think about themselves until such time when they need you/us. Then it's a different story.

"Just know that 99.9 percent of the public really value and appreciate what you/we do."

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Tudor thanked Adderley, saying that the medics on-call were more concerned by the 'verbal abuse and distress caused to their patient' than the note itself.

Katie Tudor, who reported the note. Credit: WMAS/SWNS.com
Katie Tudor, who reported the note. Credit: WMAS/SWNS.com

According to neighbours of Sharman, Sharman doesn't own her own car and the disabled parking space was for the home's previous owner.

Sharman took to Facebook just hours after she was charged to police, responding to the controversy with a foul-mouthed message for her followers.

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"Go talk ya bullshit elsewhere," she wrote.

In a statement, Staffordshire Police confirmed that they have charged a woman from Stoke-on-Trent following an incident '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, is charged with a Section 5 Public Order offence and breach of a restraining order," the statement confirmed.

Sharman is set to appear at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme later today.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Kirsty Sharman

Topics: UK News, News, Ambulance, Note

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