Man attacked 999 duo with axe handle

A BOLSOVER man who attacked an ambulance crew with a pick axe handle as they responded to his 999 call has been given a suspended jail term.

Stuart Noakes (58), of Portland Avenue, Bolsover, lashed out at a male and female member of East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

After the case, Sean Keown, EMAS local security mnagement specialist, said: “The violence used against a crew attempting to provide medical assistance was totally unacceptable.

“We will not tolerate threats, abuse or physical violence towards our staff. We work closely with the Police and Crown Prosecution Service to support cases against those who would abuse our staff as they go about their duties.”

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

He became verbally abusive and then tried to hit the male paramedic over the head with the pick axe handle. He chased both crew members from his property wielding the weapon and struck a blow to the male paramedic’s groin.

Noakes admitted assault and possessing an offensive weapon at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court. He was given a suspended six-month jail term and also a nine-month drug treatment order and a 12-month supervision order. Noakes was ordered to pay the female victim £100 compensation and £200 to the male.

Both crew members, who have asked not to be named, were shaken but opted to complete their shift.