A 26-year-old woman has been charged with public order offences after paramedics posted a note she left on their ambulance. The foul-mouthed tirade was left on the paramedics’ windshield and, according to residents, was followed by verbal abuse. The note read:
“If this van is for anyone but number 14 then you have no right to be parked here. I couldn’t give a f*ck if the whole street collapsed. Now move your van from outside my house.”
26 y/o Kirsty Sharman has been charged with public order offence after an abusive note was left on the windscreen of an ambulance responding to a 999 call in #Staffordshire.#HeartNews pic.twitter.com/zrOtDwlBsz— West Mids News (@HeartWMidsNews) 19 February 2018
Kirsty Sharman, who is a mother of two, is currently unemployed and in court facing charges of a Section 5 Public Order offence and breach of a restraining order. It has also been revealed that Ms Sharman does not even own a car.
While the paramedics did not file a complaint with the police, the local force took it upon themselves to arrest Ms Sharman after their attention had been directed to various tweets outlining her behaviour. Afterwards Ms Sharman wrote on her Facebook page, “Go talk ya bullsh*t elsewhere.”
Kirsty Sharman, apparently she has no car. Why did it matter the ambulance was in her spot? She has no car!! Even if she did, nothing matters not than the crew saving someones life. Beggars belief...https://t.co/10mkAdWRzm— Crooks Cee (@_Claire_Cee) 20 February 2018
Meanwhile the police released this statement,
“We will not tolerate abuse or intimidation of our emergency services.
“This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will take appropriate action against offenders.
“The arrest relates to matters of verbal abuse that could constitute offences under the Public Order Act. This is not solely about the note. The incident wasn't initially reported to us.
First picture of woman charged over leaving abusive note on an ambulance in Stoke-on-Trent that was parked outside her house responding to 999 call— Scott Nelson (@SocialistVoice) 20 February 2018
Kirsty Sharman, 26, has been charged with a public order offence and is due to appear in court on Tuesday
“We decided to take action after seeing details reported on Twitter. The woman remains in police custody and enquiries are on-going.”
Ms Sharman is currently in court today although the verdict has yet to be released. Although the local ambulance trust did respond to the police’s arrest:
“As a Trust we welcome Staffordshire Police’s swift response to this incident and the arrest of the woman. We will continue to work closely with the police to ensure the perpetrator feels the full weight of the law.
We have a zero-tolerance policy towards people who abuse our staff whilst trying to help patients in their hour of need. It is completely unacceptable and it must stop.
As the vast majority of the public will appreciate, in our line of work the patient must always come first and therefore the nature of the job means we do sometimes have to park over a driveway or block a vehicle in. If your loved one needed an ambulance, I’m sure you’d want an ambulance to park as close to them as possible to prevent a delay in their care.
After previous notes were left on our ambulances last year, we’ve received unimaginable support from the public for which we are immensely grateful. Sadly, as this ambulance crew discovered yesterday, there are unfortunately still a handful of narrow-minded individuals who consider leaving vile abusive notes acceptable.”
Meanwhile, neighbours have spoken out and described the woman as a “neighbour from hell” who had no reason to be angry given that the ambulance was not parked in her drive, nor was it blocking the road.