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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Cumbrian man jailed for attacking policeman and paramedic trying to help him

A man battling a drink problem has been jailed for almost a year after he attacked a paramedic and a policeman who were trying to help him.

Adam Harrison’s barrister told a judge at Carlisle Crown Court that he was ashamed of his actions – though he recalled verylittle.

Prosecutor Kim Whittlestone described how the 31-year-old, of Market Place, Workington, repeatedly got himself into trouble as a result of getting so drunk.

The first drink-fuelled trouble described was at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven on December 5 last year, when Harrison – clearly drunk – was found in a cubicle and was being verbally abusive to staff.

Later the same day, paramedics were called to a bar in Finkle Street, Workington, because of concerns about the defendant’s health.

When ambulance staff tried to examine him he became aggressive and punched a male paramedic in the stomach several times.

The court also heard about two other incidents involving the defendant, the first in November last year when there was a disturbance at his mother’s home.

He threw a can of lager at a police officer who was trying to speak to him. A few weeks later Harrison was abusive towards Probation Service staff when he turned up for a routine appointment.

He pleaded guilty to two assaults – one on the paramedic and one on the police officer; being drunk and disorderly at the hospital; and being in breach of a suspended sentence through his behaviour while visiting the Probation Office.

Marion Weir, defending, said: “He says he’s ashamed and that his drinking had got out of control. He can’t provide any explanation of why things deteriorated.”

She added that prison had given Harrison a chance to steer clear of drink.

Judge Barbara Forrester jailed the defendant for 48 weeks, telling him: “The court will not tolerate any violence towards emergency services who are at risk when they are going about their business.”

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