Compensation ordered after Durham man damages ambulance equipment

A man has been ordered to pay compensation to the ambulance service after damaging equipment.

A man has been ordered to pay compensation to the ambulance service after damaging equipment.

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A Durham man has been ordered to pay compensation to the North East Ambulance Service after damaging equipment.

Martin Arthur Fallon, aged 20, of Featherstone Road, received an ambulance following an alleged assault in the Pity Me area on September 6 last year.

After undergoing treatment from a North East Ambulance Service crew, he became aggressive towards police officers who were also on the scene and was arrested.

A scuffle ensued, resulting in damage to a probe on his finger.

Fallon appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court yesterday , where he pleaded guilty two charges of criminal damage, two charges of assault and obstructing or resisting a constable in the execution of duty and assaulting a constable in the execution of his or her duty.

He was ordered to pay £258.90 compensation to the ambulance service and given a two-year community order.

Douglas McDougall, Head of Emergency Care South for North East Ambulance Service, said: “As a Trust, we take the damage of any equipment or assault of our staff extremely seriously.

“Emergency Services personnel dedicate themselves to saving and protecting the lives of people in our community and it is not acceptable that we have to experience any kind of abuse whilst at work.

“We are pleased to see incidents such as these are taken seriously and that appropriate sentencing has been awarded.”