29 October 2015 - Man Jailed for Sexual Attack on Ambulance Crew Member

A 40-year-old male, Patrick Sharpe, has been jailed for ten weeks and placed on the sex offenders register for seven years after sexually assaulting a female North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) crew member whilst being treated by her.

The incident, which took place in the back of an ambulance, occurred on 10 October 2015, after a 999 call was received alerting NWAS of an incident involving a patient thought to have fallen off a bicycle in the Riversway area of Preston.

Once on the stretcher in the rear of the vehicle the patient became uncooperative and aggressive.  When the patient calmed down, the crew decided to commence his transportation to Royal Preston Hospital due to his presenting condition, however, during the journey, the patient subjected the clinician to a sexual assault.

The crew member, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I felt violated after what had happened to me – my job is to care for people, which is what I love to do, but when people abuse that care it is extremely demoralising for our profession.”

On arrival at hospital, the patient fled the scene before being arrested and remanded in custody.

With support from colleagues and management at the Trust, the female clinician went on to press charges against her attacker.

Mr. Sharpe pleaded guilty to sexual assault and on 26 October 2015, he was sentenced at Preston Magistrates’ Court.

The crew member continued: “I am extremely pleased with the outcome of this prosecution.  I hope that this draws attention to the type of aggression that emergency services staff are all too often subject to, and that legal action will be sought against those who subject our staff to such unacceptable behaviour.”