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Patient sexually assaulted paramedic in back of ambulance

Darshit Tanna Image copyright Derbyshire Police
Image caption Darshit Tanna was sentenced to 18 months in prison

A patient who sexually assaulted a female paramedic while being treated in an ambulance has been jailed.

Darshit Tanna, 28, from Derby, who reported having breathing difficulties, "grabbed her breast twice" while the woman was trying to help him last June, Derby Crown Court heard.

He pleaded guilty to sexual assault and assault against a male member of East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) staff, who was trying to protect her.

Tanna was jailed for 18 months.

He has also been put on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

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Judge Jonathan Bennett said he found it "difficult to comprehend" that someone could assault an ambulance crew who were sent to help them.

Mark Ward, assistant local security management specialist at EMAS, said: "Actions like this make their job even harder and we will always take action where we can.

"We have a zero-tolerance approach to any level of abuse or assault against our staff."

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