Woman jailed for assaulting hospital staff

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Tunbridge Wells Hospital

A WOMAN who assaulted staff at Tunbridge Wells Hospital has been jailed for seven months.

Kent Police were called to the hospital in the early hours of Wednesday June 22 to reports that a patient had verbally assaulted a member of staff and also attempted to assault him. Colleagues intervened and were also kicked and punched.

Officers showed up and arrested Rebecca Colman at the scene. Colman, 28, of Station Road, Edenbridge was later charged with two counts of assault by beating a lifeguard and causing a nuisance or disturbance on NHS premises.

She appeared in Medway Magistrates Court on Thursday June 23 and pleaded guilty.

Colman was sentenced to 240 days in prison, which included the activation of a suspended sentence for previous offenses against emergency workers.

Tunbridge Wells District Commander Chief Inspector Omid Changizi said: “Every day, police and hospital staff face unpredictable, difficult and sometimes volatile situations. However, like any other job, they must be able to fulfill their role without being subject to abuse and physical violence. Any aggression against rescue workers is totally unacceptable and we will not hesitate to prosecute those who put their safety in danger.

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