Leyland teenager jailed for fracturing trainee paramedic's skull in baseball bat attack

Lewis Westwood

Lewis Westwood

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A TEENAGER who viciously attacked a trainee paramedic with a baseball bat has been jailed for eight years.

The medic, who had his skull fractured during the assault, was responding to a 999 call in Leyland.

Lewis Westwood, 19, of Hillbrook Road, Leyland, received the custodial sentence at Preston Crown Court Monday after earlier pleading guilty to one count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and one count of criminal damage.

Westwood hit the 26-year-old trainee over the head with a baseball bat on the evening of Sunday, October 13 last year.

An ambulance had responded to reports of a woman having a panic attack at an address on Hillbrook Road.

The trainee was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where he was treated for a fractured skull.

He is still suffering from problems to his hearing four months after the attack.

Westwood also caused damage to the window of a house during the incident, receiving a twenty-eight day prison sentence, to run concurrently.

Derek Cartwright is North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust director of operations.

He said: “The trust is delighted with this sentence and hopes it sends out a clear message that if you assault an ambulance crew, you face the real possibility of going to prison.

“I was absolutely appalled at this violent attack which resulted in a member of staff, requiring hospital treatment and being unable to do his job helping members of the community.

“Violence against ambulance crews will not be tolerated and we work closely with the police to ensure that the people responsible are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

“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.”

DC Andrew Woodward from Leyland CID said: “This was a very serious assault on a paramedic who was simply trying to do his job. “Public servants trying to help others should never be subjected to this type of behaviour – they should not be in fear of doing their job.

“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.

“I hope that this sentencing acts as a stark reminder that this sort of behaviour is simply unacceptable.”

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3:55pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

He looks like scum, he actions means he is scum, I bet he thought he was hard with a baseball bat in his hand, well let's see what prison does for him, he will have to take a shower sooner or later!!!!!!
He looks like scum, he actions means he is scum, I bet he thought he was hard with a baseball bat in his hand, well let's see what prison does for him, he will have to take a shower sooner or later!!!!!! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 30

3:58pm Mon 10 Feb 14

juanbbien says...

The scum wants hanging
The scum wants hanging juanbbien
  • Score: 28

4:14pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Biggy12 says...

8yrs at approximately 30k a year,surely deaths a cheaper option,who knows it may even stop scum doing it in the future.
I hope he gets bullied for 8yrs off his new pad mate bubba aka Lucy
8yrs at approximately 30k a year,surely deaths a cheaper option,who knows it may even stop scum doing it in the future. I hope he gets bullied for 8yrs off his new pad mate bubba aka Lucy Biggy12
  • Score: 28

4:18pm Mon 10 Feb 14

AnthonyUK says...

If someone tried it on with me they'd get it back disciplinary or not!
If someone tried it on with me they'd get it back disciplinary or not! AnthonyUK
  • Score: 17

4:23pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Chris P Bacon says...

Be honest now, if that stain on humanity who attacked a paramedic or any of his ilk that attacked an on-duty fireman, nurse or doctor, were to be accidentally shot, let's say six times, and accidentally died, would you be distraught?
Be honest now, if that stain on humanity who attacked a paramedic or any of his ilk that attacked an on-duty fireman, nurse or doctor, were to be accidentally shot, let's say six times, and accidentally died, would you be distraught? Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 24

4:26pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Stone Island: says...

More scum off our streets.
More scum off our streets. Stone Island:
  • Score: 24

4:33pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

15 years should have been the starting point. Unfortunately because of the interfering European courts We can't exterminate vermin like this anymore so robust sentences are needed to send a message out that it isn't acceptable to attack any emergency Services personnel under any circumstances.

He will however quickly discover that in prison there is always somebody harder than him. In more ways that one.

squeal like a pig boy!!!!!
15 years should have been the starting point. Unfortunately because of the interfering European courts We can't exterminate vermin like this anymore so robust sentences are needed to send a message out that it isn't acceptable to attack any emergency Services personnel under any circumstances. He will however quickly discover that in prison there is always somebody harder than him. In more ways that one. squeal like a pig boy!!!!! Steven Seagull
  • Score: 21

4:37pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Darrens Delivery Service says...

What a piece of sh*t. Hope you get your cumupence in prison. Low life piece of scum you are.
What a piece of sh*t. Hope you get your cumupence in prison. Low life piece of scum you are. Darrens Delivery Service
  • Score: 23

4:42pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

Stone Island: wrote:
More scum off our streets.
Not for long enough though stoner. A bit of "street justice" might have been more appropriate.

Did Bev Lunt sentence him?
[quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: More scum off our streets.[/p][/quote]Not for long enough though stoner. A bit of "street justice" might have been more appropriate. Did Bev Lunt sentence him? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 15

5:06pm Mon 10 Feb 14

tall in the saddle says...

There are so many of these violent criminals around. Just driving now I the aggression is horrendous and threatening. This guy has got what he deserves.
There are so many of these violent criminals around. Just driving now I the aggression is horrendous and threatening. This guy has got what he deserves. tall in the saddle
  • Score: 9

6:04pm Mon 10 Feb 14

phil kernot says...

Remember when your led on the pavement and want help off emergency services , I'd ignore your pleas and let you die you scum bag ..
Remember when your led on the pavement and want help off emergency services , I'd ignore your pleas and let you die you scum bag .. phil kernot
  • Score: 12

7:19pm Mon 10 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

where do all these mindless morons come from ? attacking a trainee paramedic with a bat , l hope he never needs one to help him if he becomes a victim of mindless violence,
where do all these mindless morons come from ? attacking a trainee paramedic with a bat , l hope he never needs one to help him if he becomes a victim of mindless violence, noddy57
  • Score: 9

11:06pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Common_Sense1 says...

I hope he becomes someone's 'teddy bear' in prison. They can blab on all they want about the fact they have tv and playstation in prisons and spend all day in the gym or playing snooker. It sounds great until you factor in the constant threat of sexual assault in the showers by some 6'5" lifer!
I hope he becomes someone's 'teddy bear' in prison. They can blab on all they want about the fact they have tv and playstation in prisons and spend all day in the gym or playing snooker. It sounds great until you factor in the constant threat of sexual assault in the showers by some 6'5" lifer! Common_Sense1
  • Score: 4

12:58pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Balti Towers says...

Purple Akis gonna get ya!
How could anyone do this? 100% pinhead scum
Purple Akis gonna get ya! How could anyone do this? 100% pinhead scum Balti Towers
  • Score: 1

4:43pm Tue 11 Feb 14

leemcd88 says...

do you know what some of the comments been flown around on here are out of order some people writing he should be hanged and die or suffer bullying in jail you lot are just as bad. i dont know the lad and yes what he did was bad but he pleaded guilty to the charge let him serve in sentence and hopefully he will come out a better person. You do realise paedophiles and rapists get less than 8 years they are the ones that need hanging and bullied in jail. Think about what your writing for god sake
do you know what some of the comments been flown around on here are out of order some people writing he should be hanged and die or suffer bullying in jail you lot are just as bad. i dont know the lad and yes what he did was bad but he pleaded guilty to the charge let him serve in sentence and hopefully he will come out a better person. You do realise paedophiles and rapists get less than 8 years they are the ones that need hanging and bullied in jail. Think about what your writing for god sake leemcd88
  • Score: -2

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