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Bury St Edmunds man attacked two paramedics who tried to help him, court told

A Bury St Edmunds man who attacked two paramedics when they tried to help him has been handed a community order.

Steven Clark, 32, kicked one East of England Ambulance Service crew member in the groin and punched the other in the nose.

They had tried to assist him after he was found unconscious in St Andrew’s Street South, Bury, in the early hours of Thursday, January 2.

Ipswich Magistrates' Court
Ipswich Magistrates' Court

The paramedics and a member of the public detained Clark, of Coppers Close, Bury, until the police arrived and arrested him.

He pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court the following day (January 3) to two counts of assault by beating of an emergency worker.

He was sentenced to a 12-month community order and told to take part in rehabilitation activities for 10 days. Clark must also pay £150 compensation.

Lester Burdiss, a leading operations manager with the ambulance service who supported the crew following the assault, said: “We would like to thank the police and the court for their swift action in this case.

“No-one should have to face abuse as part of their job, but when ambulance crews, call-handlers and other blue light staff – who are there to help people – are assaulted or abused, it’s totally unacceptable.”

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust launched its #DontChooseToAbuse campaign after more than 1,000 incidents of abuse were reported by staff during 2017/18, including 252 physical assaults.

The campaign was relaunched in January 2019 following the introduction of the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill in November 2018, which doubled
the penalties for assaulting ambulance crews and other blue-light workers.

Chief executive Dorothy Hosein added: “We welcome the speed with which the police and court dealt with this incident, and will continue to support our staff in reporting abuse and pressing for the strongest penalties.”

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