Beggar sent back to jail days after being released for assaulting three paramedics
PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:41 13 April 2017
A beggar has been jailed for assaulting three paramedics in a Weston-super-Mare park at the weekend, just a day after he was released from prison.
Mark Milverton, aged 37, appeared at North Somerset Courthouse on Tuesday for attacking three paramedics who came to his aid after he collapsed and breaching a criminal behaviour order (CBO) which bans him from parts of Weston.
Milverton, of no fixed abode, was released from prison on Friday after serving eight weeks of a 16-week sentence for a previous breach of his CBO.
On Saturday, Milverton was in Ashcombe Park, in Upper Bristol Road, when a witness said he collapsed, at which point they contacted South West Ambulance Service.
But Milverton attacked the three paramedics who came to his aid and was arrested on the scene.
An ambulance spokesman said the service has a ‘zero tolerance approach’ to physical and verbal abuse to its staff, and all reports of violence and aggression are taken ‘very seriously’.
They added: “Every member of trust staff plays a vital role in serving the community by helping to deliver the right care in the right place at the right time and staff should be able to fulfill their life-saving role without fear of abuse or assault.”
Milverton was handed a 14-week prison sentence, four weeks for each of the assaults and two weeks for breaching his CBO.
A police spokesman said: “We will continue to work with Mr Milverton and our partners to try to break his cycle of offending and provide support wherever possible. However, we will not tolerate any breaches to orders which are put in place or any violent, antisocial, or intimidating behaviour.”
As part of the conditions of the order, Milverton was not allowed to enter Weston town centre – which has now been extended to cover the Bournville estate and parts of Worle – except for medical appointments and pre-arranged meetings with Addaction, a drug and alcohol treatment charity. Milverton has also been banned from begging for money.
North Somerset Council’s community safety manager Howard Pothecary said: “This sends out a clear message to persistent perpetrators of antisocial behaviour whose actions are having a negative impact on local communities.
“If they do not comply with the conditions imposed on them and continue to offend they will face further action.”
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