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Man jailed after threatening ambulance crew - Ashton-in-Makerfield
Thursday 20th December, 2007

A 22-year-old man who obstructed an ambulance and hurled abuse at paramedics as they dealt with a dying patient has today, Thursday, 20 December 2007, been sentenced.

Michael Boyd (25/04/85) of Valentine Road in Newton-le-Willows pleaded guilty to a section 4a public order offence.

He was today sentenced to four months in jail at Wigan Magistrates' Court.

At around 7.25pm on Thursday 19 July 2007, an ambulance was called to the Bowling Club on Council Avenue, Ashton-in-Makerfield, following a report that an elderly man had collapsed.

As the ambulance crew tried to leave the scene to take their patient to hospital, they were blocked by a motorcycle, which had been purposely put in the path of the ambulance.

The driver then saw three people stood near the motorbike and asked if they could move the bike. Instead of moving it they laughed at the ambulance crew.

The driver of the ambulance got out to move the motorbike, when it is believed three people, including Boyd, ran over to him and stood in the way. They shouted at him and threatened to assault him.

Boyd then proceeded to lay on the bonnet of the ambulance, threatening to kill the driver. Boyd continued to drunkenly threaten the paramedics despite the driver telling him: "We have a dying man in the back."

However, Boyd continued to hurl abuse until the driver called the ambulance control room and asked them to call the police. When he informed Boyd of this he finally backed off.

The paramedic later told officers it was the worst case of abuse he had ever come across in his six year career with the ambulance service.

Detective Inspector Jed Pidd said: "Boyd's behaviour that night was an absolute disgrace.

"Words can hardly describe the sickening and pathetic nature of Boyd's actions. He knew full well that there was a man in the back of the ambulance in desperate need of medical help, but continued to drunkenly berate the paramedics and delayed their arrival at hospital.

"In this case the man unfortunately would have died regardless of when they arrived back at hospital. However, Boyd wasn't to know this.

"I hope his shame will prevent other people from attempting to stop the emergency services from carrying out their duties and saving lives.

"They do an excellent job which is challenging at the best of times, but people like this just add to an already pressured situation."


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