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Five vile yobs who assaulted Stoke-on-Trent's paramedics as new law comes in

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Paramedics across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire have welcomed a new law which will see those who kill 999 heroes locked up for life.

The Government has announced that so-called 'Harper's Law' will be introduced as soon as possible, to offer emergency workers greater protection from violent criminals.

The move follows a tireless campaign by Lissie Harper, the widow of PC Andrew Harper, who was dragged to his death by a getaway car in 2019.

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Harper's Law will mean mandatory life sentences will be handed to anyone convicted of killing an emergency worker while committing a crime.

Now Anthony Marsh, chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service which covers Staffordshire, has welcomed the change.

He has spoken out after the trust recorded 1,162 assaults on its 999 workers over the last year.

Another 2,281 cases where paramedics were verbally abused while carrying out their day-to-day duties were recorded between 2020-21.

StokeonTrentLive has reported on a number of incidents where paramedics were attacked, particularly during the pandemic.

Dr Anthony Marsh

Mr Marsh said: "Our ambulance crews go above and beyond every single day, often in very difficult circumstances, but the appalling reality is that on average, at least one member of our staff is physical assaulted every single day and last year, two were stabbed.

"All too often our staff are left feeling let down by the justice system when people convicted of assaulting them receive disappointingly light sentences, so anything that provides our staff with more protection can only be a good thing.

"It is imperative that the wider judiciary be more consistent in applying tougher sentences to perpetrators who are convicted of any form of violence, aggression or abuse towards our staff, not just those that result in a death.

"Violence and aggression towards anyone is unacceptable, but emergency services workers need particular additional protection due to the nature of their work on the frontline."

The news comes as all paramedics working for WMAS are set to be issued with body-worn cameras.

The trust is also undertaking a three-month trial to examine the viability of providing stab proof vests to staff.

Paramedic Deena Evans was one of those stabbed last year and is taking part in the trial.

She said: "It's a shame it's come to this, but I couldn't be more relieved! I feel less anxious about working frontline shifts wearing it."

The Stoke-on-Trent yobs who attacked paramedics just doing their job

John Rowley

John Rowley

This is the 'obnoxious' drunken thug who claimed his name was 'Mickey Mouse' as he was arrested for attacking emergency workers.

John Rowley assaulted four police officers and a paramedic in two despicable incidents.

At one point the 36-year-old even urinated in his cell after being taken to custody in a revolting dirty protest.

But it was to be his own undoing after he slipped on his own wee and injured himself.

Rowley, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to five charges of assaulting an emergency worker, racially aggravated threatening words or behaviour and failing to answer to bail.

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Nicola Tilstone

This is the face of the Stoke-on-Trent woman who was jailed after deliberately coughing in the face of emergency workers.

Nicola Tilstone was locked up for 27 weeks after being charged with assaulting police and paramedics by deliberately coughing six times.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the incident began when officers were called to King Street, Fenton.

The 37-year-old - of no fixed address, had been staying at the Crown Hotel, in Longton, due to the pandemic - and had been spotted banging into cars and wandering in the road. She appeared to be intoxicated or in a 'psychotic' state.

As emergency workers tried to get a mask on Tilstone, she began coughing and was told in 'robust terms' by a police officer to stop doing it.

She went on to plead guilty to four counts of assaulting an emergency worker. The victims included three police constables and a paramedic.

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Daud Ismail

Ismail Daud Ismail pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting an emergency worker (Image: Stoke Sentinel)

An asylum seeker was jailed for coughing in the face of two police officers and leaving paramedics fearing for their safety.

Police went to the home of 30-year-old Ismail Daud Ismail after he called 999.

Officers spent some time talking to him before he became difficult as they tried to get him to attend hospital.

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard the incident in Chell left the two officers fearing for their safety, and that of paramedics who had also attended.

Ismail, of St Michael's Road, Chell, was arrested and went on to plead guilty to two charges of assaulting an emergency worker.

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Kallum Maddox

Kallum Maddox admitted threatening behaviour and criminal damage

Teenager Kallum Maddox threatened to stab two female paramedics who were treating his partner.

The 19-year-old 'completely lost it' after he was informed his girlfriend had drunk a pint of bleach. He arrived at her home to find her still being assessed by paramedics.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard how Maddox punched cupboards in the ambulance, threw a wheelie bin at it and threatened to stab the paramedics before he assaulted a man in the street.

He was aggressive when police arrived to arrest him, but calmed down as he was about to be tasered.

Both paramedics - who had been in the job for 14 and 17 years respectively - said it was the most scared they have felt while performing their role.

Maddox, of MacDonald, Crescent, Meir. pleaded guilty to two charges of common assault of an emergency worker, affray, fraud and theft.

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Joseph Phillips

Joseph Phillips pleaded guilty to assaulting two schoolboys and a paramedic

Drunken Joseph Phillips assaulted two nine-year-old boys as they played in the street - and went on to attack a paramedic.

The 23-year-old hit one of the children in the face and the other in the ribs during the unprovoked attack in Fegg Hayes.

When Phillips, of Fegg Hayes Road, Fegg Hayes, pleaded guilty to two charges of assault by beating and one of assaulting an emergency worker.

Magistrates handed Phillips a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months

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