Lancashire

Man jailed for Leyland paramedic baseball bat attack

Lewis Westwood
Lewis Westwood had admitted grievous bodily harm with intent

A man who fractured the skull of a trainee paramedic on a 999 call by attacking him with a baseball bat has been jailed for eight years.

The victim, 26, was hit while answering an emergency call in Hillbrook Road, Leyland, on 13 October.

Lewis Westwood, 19, of Hillbrook Road, Leyland, admitted grievous bodily harm with intent and one count of criminal damage at Preston Crown Court.

Police said the victim is still suffering with problems to his hearing.

DC Andrew Woodward said: "The victim was helpless and was struck with the baseball bat without warning.

"It has deeply affected him as well as the other paramedic who was in attendance at the time of the attack."

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust director of operations, Derek Cartwright, said: "It is a sad fact that we are becoming almost used to hearing of our staff being either verbally or physically assaulted but this was one of the worst cases I have come across in my 30 years' service."

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