Grantham court: Arrived in an ambulance, left in a police car

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A public order offence at Grantham hospital was found proved in the defendant’s absence.

Alan Pinder, aged 65, of Vale View, Newark, was not present to answer the charge of using threatening and abusive words or behaviour at the hospital on June 26.

Mark Major, prosecuting, read testimonies from a staff nurse and a support worker who were both on duty when Pinder arrived in accident and emergency by ambulance at 12.25am.

Although paramedics reported that he had been laughing and joking in the ambulance, when he was taken to the resuscitation room he refused to stay there saying that he was claustrophobic and repeatedly that he wanted a cigarette.

After insisting for a cigarette a paramedic accompanied Pinder outside, but back inside he threatened to smoke in the cubicle.

He became abusive, sticking up two fingers and saying to the nurse ‘you think you know f**king everything’, and despite being asked by staff and the relative of a patient to stop he became louder.

Mr Major said they couldn’t reason with him and in the end he was put in a wheelchair and taken outside before being driven away in a police car.

Pinder was fined £400 and ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge and £85 in prosecution costs by magistrates.