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Father jailed for attack on Teesside paramedics

An expectant father from Teesside who punched and kicked a two paramedics has been jailed for six months.

Teesside Crown Court heard the two women locked themselves in their ambulance after Steven Wilson, 20, from Stockton, attacked them in March.

He had dialled 999 when his pregnant girlfriend became unwell during a night out, but became violent when it was suggested she should not be drinking.

He admitted actual bodily harm and was sent to a young offender's institution.

The court heard the injured paramedics, aged 38 and 45, had to remain in their vehicle until police arrived.

'Beggars belief'

Prosecutor Olivia Checadover said both were now wary of night work and one was considering leaving the ambulance service.

Duncan McReaddie, defending, said jobless Wilson, of Hawthorn Road, Stockton, was "sickened and disgusted" at his own behaviour.

Judge Peter Armstrong told Wilson there had to be a custodial sentence for the attack.

He said: "Everyone has to realise that paramedics need to be protected from people like you, who in drink, take exception to the most innocent of remarks.

"It almost beggars belief that someone should act like that to those two paramedics who were only doing their job.

"The effect of this attack is that one of them is considering whether it is worth continuing as a paramedic."

Wilson's 18-year-old partner, gave birth to baby girl last month.

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